After more than ten years of closure and a complete renovation of the building and collections, the Musée des Hussards has been given a new look and will reopen its doors to the public in April 2012.
The museographic tour offers two major collections: the International Hussars Collection and the Fine Arts Collection.
With 17,000 objects, this new museum offers a precise vision of one of the most unusual military phenomena.
The new spaces allow visitors to discover the great epic of the Hussars from 1545 to 1945.
Organized chronologically, the tour highlights the history and aesthetics of uniforms.
One hundred and thirty mannequins and busts, a collection of drawings and paintings, and numerous special equipment tell the eventful history of the Hussars from thirty different countries.
The Fine Arts Collection
Heteroclite and heterogeneous, this fund was constituted in the 19th century by various donations, legacies, purchases and deposits, including those of Achille Jubinal, deputy of the Hautes-Pyrénées.
The new museography presents a selection of the most beautiful works from the Fine Arts collection in a journey in which mythology and religion play a predominant role.
It brings together major works from the Italian school and the Dutch and Flemish schools of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as from the French schools of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Among the most outstanding works are Pontormo's "Christ with Bonds" from the 16th century Italian school, the "Judgment of Paris" by Frans Floris, a 16th century Flemish mannerist painter, Noah's "Drunkenness" for 17th century Spanish Baroque painting, J.G. Platzer's "Jesus chasing merchants out of the temple" for Austrian Baroque painting, and the Orientalist movement with works such as A. Dauzats.
International Museum of Hussars
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