The early art room

Paintings and drawings from the 16th to the 19th century

The red room presents a collection of early paintings and drawings dating from the early 16th century to the early 19th century, and some contemporary sculptures in the baroque spirit. Digne was a bishopric, and most of the collection of old art was formed at the time of the separation of the Church and the French State in 1904 and the nationalisation of religious properties. In counterpoint, the contemporary works by the French artist Hubert Duprat are curiosities whose production requires remarkable technical dexterity and great learning. Conceived by an artist who combines very symbolic precious materials loaded with history – such as the coral associated with the passion of Christ, or the hematite stone used for red chalk drawings – they are a remarkable echo to the old works of often complex meaning.