More on Francois Rude; The Rude Museum

Rude works in the church transept

Rude works in the church transept

churchTo learn more about the famous French sculptor, Francois Rude, born in Dijon, head to the small museum in Dijon. See previous post about the Place Rude and mention of some of his works.

The Musée Rude in Dijon, inaugurated in 1947, is devoted to plaster casts of some of his works that were acquired by the city of Dijon, between 1887 and 1910. The museum is housed in the transept of the 11th-century abbey-church of Saint-Etienne (now called La Nef, and also houses the Culture Center and a local library), on rue Vaillant, a block or so beyond the Ducal Palace.

Copy of the famous Marseillaise on the Arc de Triomphe

Copy of the famous Marseillaise on the Arc de Triomphe

Jeanne d'Arc copy

Jeanne d’Arc copy

We found it very interesting on our first visit to Dijon, as we knew very little about Rude before that. Besides the copies of his works, there are good information boards telling about his life and describing some of the statues.

For example, one is about Joan of Arc. The statue is called “Jeanne d’Arc ecoutant ses voix” (Joan of Arc listening to the voices), done in 1845. He sculpted the celebrated heroine as part of the series Femmes illustres de France (Illustrious women of France) for the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. He sculpted her with head tilted and her right hand raised to better hear the celestial voices calling her to chase the English out of the kingdom during the Hundred Years War.

The museum is free so you can ramble at will. Probably about 45 minutes is sufficient time, as it’s not very large.

more copies of Rude's work inside

more copies of Rude’s work inside


About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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