Permanent Collection - Musée des Beaux Arts d'Agen

The collection is comprised of five principle areas:
-Prehistoric, Celt and Roman archaeology
-Goya and Spanish painting
-The collection of the Ducs d’Aiguillon
-The decorative arts
-19th century painting
The museum’s archeological collection is comprised of objects found on sites in the Lot-et-Garonne area. It allows visitors to discover the social, economic and cultural history of these two significant axes of circulation, Lot and Garonne.
The prehistoric object collection includes Paleolithic and Neolithic tools, and some exceptional bone-carved decorative pieces from renowned Dordogne archaeological sites such as Lascaux.
The Celtic period, and particularly the second Age of Iron (100BC to 100AD) constitutes a significant aspect of the archaeological collection. The objects are essentially from the Eysses site in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Among the remarkable pieces is an iron helmet and a bronze horse head, rare pieces of late Celtic art.
The Gallo-Roman collection displays pieces from the region from 100AD. The objects come from Aginnum and rural villas in the surrounding area. Among the pieces is the famous Vénus du Mas d’Agenais, a rare example of Hellenistic sculpture, in white marble, and two magnificent sarcophagi in Pyrenees white marble, rare examples of early Christian funerary art production.

The museum’s 18th and 19th century Spanish painting collection includes 5 works by Goya, the infamous “self-portrait” among them, bequeathed by the Count of Chaudodry (French ambassador to Spain between 1874 and 1881) in 1901.
The Ducs d’Aiguillon collection came to the museum in 1903, the result of a revolutionary seize. The works presented date primarily from the time of Louis XV, when the duke of Aiguillon served as Minister of foreign affairs, and include pieces by Charles de la Fosse, Greuze, Oudry and Drouais.
The furniture and decorative art collection includes a rare collection of French, Italian and Spanish porcelain, among them a plate by Bernard Palissay, royal Spanish Alcora pieces, and local pieces by Samadet and Moncaut.
The French 19th century is represented by a rich collection of paintings, from landscape to impressionism, including works by Courbet, Corot, Boudin, Sisley and Caillebotte.

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