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Small but a gem

A former church, restored from a ruin now with a glass roof which bathes the amazing originals and... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
Richard W
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Wonderful artist you've never heard of

The sculptures are impressive but so it the building they are housed in, the presentation is... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Like the Jean-Lurcat museum, this gallery is sited in a medieval buildings: this time a 12th century abbey church in the centre of the city. The church fell into ruin but in 1984 it was restored and, daringly, a glass roof was added: this all makes an ideal backdrop for the works of sculptor Pierre-Jean David, known as David of Angers, who lived at the time of the French revolution. Here is an almost complete collection of David's work: medallions, plaster casts, marbles and bronzes, exhibited as both originals and copies, some of which are gigantic indeed. David was commissioned to sculpt the pediment of the Pantheon, a copy of which work is exhibited here, and also responsible for several tombs in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Worth seeing are the poignant sculpture of Barra, the drummer boy, and a copy of the beautiful 'Young Greek Girl', from the tomb of Greek liberator Markos Botsaris. I particular enjoyed the sketch books of David's drawings.
The staff are friendly and helpful and there is a small shop selling cards of the exhibits etc. Photography and drawing of the works is not only allowed - the is, after all, how artists were formerly taught to draw - but actively encouraged.
A very enjoyable visit.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

With entrances you could easily miss one of them, not from the castle, the entrance is through an old stone arch. The other entrance is a bright modern glass affair.
Inside you will astounded by the detail of the statues and work pieces. The artists craft is truly displayed in it's finest form. Brilliant stuff.
There was a no photography rule in place here.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Nick K
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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Making the most of our Angers CityPass we popped into this gallery which occupies the site of a formal church. The ruins have been turned into a bright museum space by the use of copious amounts of glass. David Angers is a prodigious producer of bronze statues and basin relief scenes. What is on display here are the plaster masters of these artworks; most of the originals are elsewhere. There are drawings and sketches to be seen and one is left with an impression of someone who had many stories to tell. You can wander around the gallery freely, but there are ever present security staff to admonish you if you do something (like rest your hat on a display panel) which they don't like. We visited on a bright sunny day, the displays shone out.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank David M
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

This was a surprise thing to do when visiting the city. It's not in an obvious location, nor is it particularly well advertised, but it's a really great museum packed with things to do. Lots of information and impressive sculptures/copies of famous sculptures.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Eddie S
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

The setting of this gallery, an old abbey church, is outstanding as are the sculptures within. We had not heard of David but were so impressed by his works & will now remember who he was. Loved that he immortalized friends through making busts! Loved also the way we were able to see his preparatory work. So glad this was part of our City Pass or we likely would not have gone.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Lyn021
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