Muse Des Beaux Arts

Carcassonne's fine arts museum ( % 04 68 77 73 70; 1 rue de Verdun, La Ville Basse; admission free; S 10am-6pm mid-Jun-mid-Sep, 10am-noon & 2-6pm rest of yr) displays paintings from the 17th to late 19th centuries. Highlights include a striking Larmes de St Pierre (Tears of St Peter) by José Ribera in the first gallery; three portraits with finely detailed ruffs and embroidery by the 17th-century Flemish artists Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt and Paul Moreelse; Les Chérifas, a vast oriental-exotic canvas by Benjamin Constant; and a whole gallery devoted to the works of Carcassonne artist Jacques Gamelin (1738-1803).

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