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“If you appreciate sculpture, don't miss it”

Galerie David d'Angers
Ranked #8 of 79 things to do in Angers
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 29 June 2017

In the centre of Angers is this gallery in an old abbey showing some of the casts David d'Angers made for his large commissions. They are amazing. You can also see some of his medallions and drawings.

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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.

Thank Michelin M
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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.

Thank nickk355
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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.

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.

Thank Eddie S
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