Fondation Custodia, Paris

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The Fondation Custodia is an art museum in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, focusing on European Old Master works, including works by Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French artists. The museum was founded in 1947 by the collector and art historian Frits Lugt to house his collection of drawings, prints and paintings. Located at 121 rue de Lille, it occupies the Hôtel Turgot, an 18th-century mansion.
The collection, continually added to that formed by Lugt, includes works by Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, Danish, British, German artists, and features over 7,000 Old Master drawings, 30,000 prints, and 220 paintings. The focus of the prints is Dutch and Flemish artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Artists in the collection include Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Hans Holbein the Younger and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. It also comprises many hundreds of artists' letters.
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  • An impressionist Dutch painter but whose work on display lacks light, some beautiful paintings but above all strong waters and pleasant watercolors To do, but it is not the most attractive exhibition in Paris
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  • The Fondation Custodia was founded in 1947 by the art collector Frits Smell (1884 – 1970) which came from Amsterdam but settled in Paris, and together with his wife Jacoba Klever (1888 – 1969) created a very large collection of artwork, consisting of 7,000 drawings, 30,000 pressure, 220 oil paintings by Dutch, French, Italian, Danish, German and English artists and about 40,000 letters from artists. The Foundation's museum is located in Rue de Lille 121 in the Hôtel Turgot, a distinguished building from the 1700 century. Fondation Custodia arranges changing exhibitions at international level, with loans from museums around the world, and incorporates works from the museum's own collection in the exhibitions. An excellent place to experience art at the very highest level.
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  • Durch Institution specialised in old masters prints and drawings. Incredible collection with extraordinary programme of temporary exhibitions.
  • Hidden gem of a museum alongside the French Nationale Assembly building. A very fine collection of Old Master drawings and prints, and always high-quality touring exhibitions along the same lines.
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