Musee Fesch, Ajaccio

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Art Museum · Museum
Housed in the 19th-century palace, Musee Fesch has one of the finest collections of old masters and one of the most important Napoleonic collections in France. Cardinal Joseph Fescha left a collection of 16,000 mostly Italian and French paintings, of which 1,500 are part of the core collection. You will also see antique mahogany furniture and the statue of Napoléon I.

You can view Italian painting styles from many eras, including the Italian Primitives, Roman Baroque, Neapolitan Baroque, Napoleonic, landscapes, still lifes, popular scenes from the Flemish school, and a collection of Corsican paintings. Masterpieces in the permanent collection, include "The Virgin and Child Supported by an Angel" by Botticelli, the portrait of "Napoléon I, Emperor of the French" by Baron François Pascal Simon Gérard, and "Forêt de Valdoniello" by Jean-Luc Multedo. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Ajaccio holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Musee Fesch and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Several floors of art, mostly religious, collected by Cardinal Fesch (a relative of the Bonaparte family). The building itself is also worth inspecting. There are some interesting explanations (only.....  more »
  • It’s free and it has some beautiful artwork but I would not describe it as a museum. One floor was closed so maybe that’s the museum bit?  more »
  • If you enter this museum expecting to understand more than just looking at random unimpressive (for the pricetag) pictures, this is no place for you. The staff could not speak a single word in English and every info about Napoleon and the Fesch collection is written in French. Also there's no additional info on any picture other than the author, place and date. The light is scarce, and it's really hard to catch any detail on some pictures.
  • Stunning that so much art was in a small city and that some things dated back some 700 years. Underrated collection but a very pleasant surprise

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