Palais Fesch – Musée des Beaux-Arts

Palais Fesch – Musée des Beaux-Arts information

Ajaccio , France
Street 50-52 rue du Cardinal Fesch
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adult/child €8/5
Opening hours
10.30am-6pm Mon, Wed & Sat, noon-6pm Thu, Fri & Sun year-round, to 8.30pm Fri Jul & Aug
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Lonely Planet review

One of the island's must-sees, this superb museum established by Napoléon's uncle has France's largest collection of Italian paintings outside the Louvre. Mostly the works of minor or anonymous 14th- to 19th-century artists, there are also canvases by Titian, Fra Bartolomeo, Veronese, Botticelli and Bellini. Look out for La Vierge à l'Enfant Soutenu par un Ange (Mother and Child Supported by an Angel), one of Botticelli's masterpieces. Portrait de l'Homme au Gant (Portrait of the Gloved Man) by Titian matches another in the Louvre. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions. Within the Chapelle Impériale (Imperial Chapel), constructed in 1860 and closed for renovation until 2013, several members of the imperial family lie entombed in the crypt. But don't expect to find Napoléon's remains – he's buried in Les Invalides in Paris.