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The Museum of Fine Arts occupies two floors of the Rohan Palace in Strasbourg. It can rightfully be considered the largest museum of fine arts in the whole of Alsace.
The first attempts to create an art gallery in the city were made by the Jacobins during the Great Revolution. By revoking the rights of abbeys and parish churches, thousands of paintings were confiscated from priests' houses, which later formed the main fund of the museum. The exhibition halls were then housed in the galleries of the Voet Palace, which was blown up in 1870. Only a small part of the collected collection was restored and saved. In 1898, it was decided to restore the museum in the Rohan Palace, where the museum is still located.
During World War II, most of the paintings were evacuated from the palace premises, but this only postponed the tragic fate of the picture hall. After the war, in 1947, a fire caused by a short circuit completely destroyed the hall with the most ancient exhibits. Payments from insurers helped to restore the collection's value.
Today, the Museum of Fine Arts houses a collection of paintings by artists from different eras: from the 14th to the second half of the 19th century. Numerous fires and wars have taken away hundreds of priceless paintings, but even now, in the permanent exhibition of the exhibition halls, you can see about three hundred paintings. The reserves of the museum include about a thousand works of ancient masters of painting. The exposure changes periodically.
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Topic: Museum of Fine Arts in France, resort of Strasbourg.