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Visiting the Musée Fabre in Montpellier for free

There was a special Europe-wide event going on this past weekend, the upshot of which was most of the museums in Montpellier were free. We had made other plans for Sunday afternoon, but we abandoned them in favor of visiting the Musée Fabre instead.

I don’t know how to describe the permanent collection other than to say general art. It was almost entirely European painting, sixteenth century and later, with a bit of sculpture thrown in for good measure. There was a bias toward painters from Montpellier and the surrounding regions, so I was introduced to painters whose names I had previously only known as local street names.

One painting captured my attention more than the others, perhaps because it was Sunday. It was a larger-than-life depiction of the baptism of Christ, by a painter named Jean Restout with whom I am otherwise unfamiliar.

I had to stand back about fifteen feet to get the entire painting in the photo.