Narthex is an extensive website devoted to the sacred arts, religious heritage and contemporary works of art. Information about all of the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, literature, film. www.narthex.fr (F)
Observatoire du Patrimoine Religieux (Religious Heritage Observatory) is a French-based organisation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of France’s religious heritage. Founded in 2006, today, it has over 250 members who are responsible for more than 90,000 sites throughout the country. Observatoire du Patrimoine Religieux raises awareness, advises policymakers, monitors restoration projects, and much more. https://www.frh-europe.org/observatoire-du-patrimoine-religieux/
La Pommeraie, Morsan, Normandy. The goal of La Pommeraie is to care for, encourage and accompany artists both in their art and their spiritual growth. It provides: a place to receive creatively gifted people who work in a wide variety of artistic disciplines; a warm, welcoming environment where they can find rest and restoration physically, spiritually and emotionally; an environment where artists will find encouragement and time to reflect; a place that incites them to use their imagination and God-given creative gifts to produce new work. La Pommeraie
Protetantisme et Images. An association of art historians, artists, theologians and art lovers in the Protestant churches. Organises exhibitions, lectures and courses. The website contains a lot of information. www.protestantismeetimages.com (F)
Le réseau Arts Amis de GBU. Les Groupes bibliques universitaires avont maintenant créé un réseau art qui rassemble des artistes professionnels ou semi-professionnels, des étudiants en arts, en histoire de l'art, aux intervenants dans le domaine artistiques et culturel. Ce réseau existe pour permettre à des chrétiens de rencontrer d'autres chrétiens engagés dans la pratique, la recherche, l'enseignement et les études d'arts. Réseau Arts – Amis des GBU (F)
Le Marais. A Christian arts festival in Paris to initiate dialogue between believers and non-believers. maraischretien.free.fr (F)
- The Museum of Christian Art (Musée d'Art Chrétien) lies just northwest of the Museum of Pagan Art on Rue Balze in Arles. Housed in the chapel of a former Jesuit college (built 1652), the museum contains one of the most important collections of early Christian sarcophagi. Mostly dating from the 4th century AD, the sarcophagi are decorated with scenes from the Old and New Testaments.
- Musée Rolin in Autun displays a variety of interesting religious artworks, both ancient Roman and medieval. It is located next to the cathedral in a Renaissance hotel built by Nicholas Rolin, chancellor of Philippe le Bon. The collections of the Musée Rolin include several interesting Gallo-Roman artifacts, but the star attraction is a carving rescued from the north door of Autun Cathedral known as the Temptation of Eve. Carved by the sculptor Gislebertus at the same time as his magnificent tympanum, it is a huge work and a notably sensuous depiction of Eve. Also notable is the brilliantly coloured Nativity painting by the Maître de Moulins and a lovely painted sculpture of the Virgin of Autun.
- 15th-century hospital with the Last Judgment by Rogier van der Weyden.
- Musée du Poitou Protestant about the history of Protestantism in the region. With a Huguenot walking path.
- Diocesal Museum of Religious Art, in the old convent, 2 rue Anne de Bretagne.
- Maison du Protestantisme Charentais, Canton de la Tremblade (close to ile d'Arvert). Museum about the history of Protestantism in Aunis and Saintonge.
Chartreuse, 30 km from Grenoble:
- Unterlinden Museum with the Isenheim Altar by Matthias Grünewald.
- Museum of Sacred Art Dijon – Located in the church of the Monastery of the Bernardines the museum presents sculptures, paintings and textiles from the 12th - 20th century. Works by artists Jean Dubois (sculptor), Corneille (painter), Armand Calliat (goldsmith), Poussielgue-Rusand (goldsmith). https://www.burgundy-tourism.com/museums/musee-dart-sacre
- Musée du Protestantisme de la Réforme de la laicité, about Protestant history from the 16th century till now. Objects, books, engravings. Open: Easter to September 20. https://mprl.fr/ (F, E, Nl, D, I, Sp)
- Musée Rochelais d'Histoire Protestante, 2 Rue Saint-Michel, with a rich collection of documents, engravings and diverse objects dealing with the history of Protestantism in Aunis and Saintonge.
- Church museum about the history of the Reformation and its impact on the region. Open Saturday and Sunday 2.30-6 p.m. from July to the third week of September.
- In het Centre d’Art Sacré Contemporain, Place Gilleson (in the modern crypt of the cathedral Notre-Dame de la Treille), the 130 works of the collection of Gilbert Delaine called La Passion de Dunkerque are exhibited in alternating exhibitions. Works of e.g. Sergio Ferro, Ladislas Kijno, Jean Roulland and Andy Warhol.
- Musée d'Art Sacré (Museum of Sacred Art), also known as the Musée de l'Oeuvre de Fourvìère, 8 Place de Fourvière, Lyon. This modest museum exhibits religious artifacts mostly from Lyon. A veritable treasure house of religious relics, it contains a large collection of works by goldsmith Armand Caillat. There are also permanent exhibitions of commemorative plaques, mosaics, religious paintings and ceremonial vestments. At different times each year there are exhibitions of religious significance. Opening hours: 10-12 and 2-6. https://www.fourviere.org/en/cultur/museum/the-religious-art-museum-of-fourviere/ (F, E)
- Diocesal Museum, 13, Rue Marchant, Metz.
- Le musée d'art sacré du Monêtier-les-Bains, 20 Rue École, Chapelle St Pierre. One of the best collections of sacred art of the Hautes-Alpes.
- Musée de la France Protestante de l'Ouest, Le Bois Tiffrais, Monsireigne, Chantonnay. About Protestant history. Books, manuscripts, objects.
- Le Musée diocésain d'Art Sacré. Three km. north of Romans in the church. Collection of more than 25.000 objects from the 14th-20th century. Sculptures, paintings, altars, books, relics, vestments and religious folk art. http://museeartsacre.free.fr/main.html (F)
- Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall.
- John Calvin Museum (Musée Jean Calvin), Place Aristide Briand, Noyon. This is a modern museum dedicated to the French reformer, located on the site of his birth house in Noyon. The museum's collections include Reformation-era propaganda posters, works of Calvin, and paintings. https://museeprotestant.org/en/notice/jean-calvin-museum/ (E)
Paray le Monial:
- Permanent exposition of works by Georges Rouault in MNAM, Centre Pompidou.
- In Église Saint-Séverin a permanent exposition of works by Rouault in the Chapelle Mansart.
- Musée Delacroix.
- Musée Rodin, 77 Rue de Varenne.
- Musée Bible & Terre Sainte, 21 rue d'Assas. Its rich collection consist of objects that illustrate daily life in Palestine through the ages.
- Musée du Protestantisme Dauphinois, Temple du vieux village, about the history of Protestantism in the region of Dauphiné. Also a collection of contemporary mosaics with biblical themes. Open April – October. https://www.museeduprotestantismedauphinois.com/ (F)
- Musée d'Art Sacre & Tresor Francis Poulenc, Parvis du Sanctuaire, Rocamadour. The artistic highlight of the religious complex at Rocamadour, the museum contains a collection of reliquaries, statues, paintings, enamels, cloths and many other religious works of art plus various historic documents.
- Musée départemental Maurice Denis, 2 bis, rue Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye with works by Maurice Denis, Symbolist artists, the Nabis and others artists who influenced the history of modern art like Gauguin, Sérusier, Filiger, Vallotton, Bonnard, Vuillard, Verkade, Ranson, Lacombe, Redon, Mucha, Anquetin. www.musee-mauricedenis.fr (F)
- Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre-Dame: with works that come out of the cathedral and its surrounding regions from the medieval and renaissance periods (sculptures, windows, paintings by Hans Baldung Grien and Conrad Witz).
- Museum of church conservation of the cathedral, Boulevard de la Victoire 5, Strasbourg.