“European Heritage Days” 2017 – “Les Augustins” Museum

The exhibition of 12th century columns' capitals
The exhibition of 12th century columns’ capitals

The “European Heritage Days” 2017 made for another opportunity to visit, entrance free, “Les Augustins” the most important art museum of Toulouse.
The museum is housed in a former Augustine monastery, a big building complex situated now in the very center of the city and erected between the 14th and the 15th centuries in southern gothic style.
While the museum exhibits sculptures and paintings belonging to the last 800 years, the focus of my visit was the collection of mainly Romanesque style column capitals and other religious sculptures dating from the 12th century. The sculptures represent mainly religious scenes of the New and Old Testament, the Holy Land – Count Raymond IV of Toulouse (1041 –1105) was one of the major players in the First Crusade – but also mythological scenes, legends of saints and folk tales.
This compilation of ecclesiastical art objects acquired from the former priory of Notre Dame de la Daurade, the Saint-Sernin Basilica and the Saint-Etienne cathedral forms one of the most valuable collection of religious sculptures in the world.

Here are some images:

Four of the 12 Apostles
Four of the 12 Apostles
Apostles
Apostles

The Last Judgement
The Last Judgement

The beheading of Saint John the Baptist
The beheading of Saint John the Baptist
Salome dances in front of Herod , her father
Salome dances in front of Herod , her father
Herodia gives the head of Saint John to her daughter Salome
Herodia gives the head of Saint John to her daughter Salome
Judas's Kiss
Judas’s Kiss
King David tunning his harp
King David tunning his harp
Saint Martyrdom
Saint Martyrdom
Hunting Scene
Hunting Scene

The Doubting Thomas touches the body of Jesus Christ
The Doubting Thomas touches the body of Jesus Christ

Other interesting images from “Les Augustins”:

"Les Augustins" former monastery cloister
“Les Augustins” former monastery cloister
"Les Augustins" former monastery church
“Les Augustins” former monastery church
Old testament figures
Old testament figures
"Les Augustins" museum is located in a former Augustine convent
“Les Augustins” museum is located in a former Augustine convent
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