The museum's collection does not allow for an exhaustive view of the Italian, French or Spanish Schools of 14th and 15th century painting. It does however include exemplary, unique works. For example, a crucifix by Lorenzo Monaco, a great 14th century Florentine painter, has been added to with figures painted by Neri di Bicci, another Florentine, half a century later.
The Hunt (see panorama), attributed to Giovanni di Francesco, comes from the Palace of Urbino. It is a masterpiece from the mid Quattrocento, between International Gothic and the quest for scientific perspective. The view of Florence and the splendid dusk sky evoke the contemporary work of Uccello and Piero della Francesca.
In Toulouse, very few paintings dating from before the end of the 16th century survived the wars of religion, the French Revolution or the climate. Collectors have however brought together a few rare Spanish works from the 15th and 16th centuries.
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LE CHRIST EN CROIX AVEC L'ORANT DU CARDINAL GUILHEM PEIRE GODIN
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Photo Daniel Martin