Jules Garinet Museum, Châlons-en-Champagne, France
Marguerite Victoire Garinet bequeathed to the city of Chalons en Champagne collections made in the nineteenth century by her husband, Jules Garinet, and his home, to make a museum bearing his name. The collection presents, moreover, the originality of being presented in an interior that has changed very little since Jules Garinet lived there.

The painting gallery contains works from the 14th to the 19th century, including Italian, French and old Netherlands schools.
Among these, mention will be made, among others, of the Vanity of Simon Renard of Saint-André (1613-1677) (ill.), A masterpiece which, beyond its artistic quality, has attracted the Jules Garinet’s eye because of a distant and illusory connection with the scenes of witchcraft, to which he was so interested, as well as the Young Man Crowned with Laurels attributed to Subleyras.

It should also be noted that this collection presents a great eclecticism in the supports of easel painting: Thick poplar board for a large Virgin by an Italian primitive, veined marble for another Italian painting of the sixteenth century; copper plates, wood and traditional canvas.

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