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“Marvellous sculptures”

Galerie David d'Angers
Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Angers
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The former Toussaint abbey church, dating from the 13th century, was restored in 1984. It is now covered with a glass roof, an audacious feature of modern architecture, and houses the works of sculptor, Pierre-Jean David, known as David d’Angers (1788-1856). David d’Angers’ work is scattered throughout France and Europe. Therefore, the main interest of the gallery in Angers is that it showcases the quasi-totality of his sculptures as plaster models, the preparatory studies for the final work, the latter being cast in bronze or sculpted in marble and stone. An idyllic promenade where the light reveals the beauty of the sculptures!
Reviewed 31 August 2017

The gallery is not a big one, but it is packed with so many sculptures and drawings that you are overwhelmed. They are all models of sculptures having been made for being placed elsewhere, and there are good explanations when they were made and where the original sculpture is situated. Being so close to these masterpieces was a great pleasure. On the upper floor you are invited to make your own drawings of the exhibited pieces of art, and paper, pencil or charcoal are made available. To be recommended.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

I'd never heard of David dAngers so to visit the exhibition was a revelation; the man was prolific, extremely talented and the setting for the work on display here is just superb.

Date of experience: August 2017
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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.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Angela B
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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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