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France is known for many things: food, wine, history and, perhaps most importantly, art. There are countless museums and galleries throughout the southern European nation that can enhance a tour of France, but choosing which to visit can be a bit difficult. You can find everything from Renaissance paintings and ancient Greek sculptures to modern and expressionist art on display at exhibit halls around the country. Since you likely won't have enough time to see everything, here are a few highlights for art lovers to focus on when they embark on France tours.
The Louvre in Paris
Paris is home to countless landmarks, museums and historic buildings, but few have the notoriety of the Louvre. This massive collection of artwork spans nearly every genre, style and medium. Plus it houses many famous pieces, including Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and Michelangelo's "Dying Slave" sculpture. With more than 35,000 works on display, this is the largest museum in the world, and you could spend weeks visiting the Louvre, but never see it all. You might want to research the museum ahead of time to make sure you get a chance to view the pieces you want to see most, or you can meander through the halls and let chance be your guide.
The Ingres Museum in Montauban
?This exhibition hall is located inside a 17th century palace, adding a little something extra to a visit. Within the breathtaking walls of this historic building, you'll encounter paintings by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The famed painter spent the majority of his life in Montauban, so it's rather fitting that most of his work has a permanent home there as well. Ingres Museum is not monogamous when it comes to displaying art, however. To balance the paintings, curators have included sculpture work by Antoine Bourdelle, another local talent, as well as artifacts and other personal effects belonging to both artists.
The Palais de Tokyo
This Paris museum, established in 2002, stands out from the rest, as it focuses on contemporary and modern art, leaving the past behind. The building itself is fresh and unique, mirroring the many pieces in the Palais' collection, which is among the largest of its kind. In addition to the permanent collections, there are always traveling exhibits on display, and the museum hosts events throughout the year.
These museums are just a small selection of the options you'll have to explore France's artistic offerings on a tour of France. You can check out these and so many others to see famous works that hail from many different eras of humanity.
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