Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon The former Abbey of the Ladies of Saint Pierre, in the center of Lyon, now houses the Fine Arts Museum. The completely renovated museum houses one of France's largest art collections. With 7000 sq. m of exhibit space, it offers a true retrospective of civilization and illustrates with equal splendor the art of ancient Greece and Egypt, sculpture and painting from the Middle Ages to the present. The antiquities collection: 16 rooms take the visitor down a path through antique civilizations: Egypt, Sumeria, Cyprus, Greece and the Roman Empire. The collection of art objects: 17 rooms then lead to the precious arts and sculpture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, from Byzantine ivories to a fine collection of gold and silversmithing and Limoges enamel work, by way of Hispano-Moorish, Italian (majolica) and French pottery. An Islamic art collection - the only one outside of Paris - and a rare collection of Japanese tea ceremony earthenware give way to rooms devoted to Art Nouveau and the Art Déco period. The Painting Collection: Though the museum boasts a varied collection, it is nonetheless dominated by paintings. The 1,800 paintings, the bulk of which is on display, offer a panoramic overview of European painting from the 14th century to the second half of the 20th century. Certain classes of painting are particularly remarkable: the Italian Quattrocento (altarpiece representing the Ascension of Christ by Perugino), 16th century Venetian works (Tintoretto, Veronese, Bassano), 17th century works (Guerchin, Cortone, Guido Reni); the 17th century Flemish and Dutch schools (Jan Breughel the elder, Rubens, Jordaens, Rembrandt); French painting from the 17th century (Vouet, Champaigne, Le Brun, Jouvenet), the 19th and early 20th centuries, the undeniable strong point of the collection (Géricault, Delacroix, Charlet, Chasseriau, Corot, Daumier, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Puvis de Chavannes, Bonnard, Braque, Picasso, de Stael).turkeyarena.com Lyonnais painters are especially well-represented (Stella, Berjon, Grobon, Revoil, Richard, Flandrin, Janmot, Chenavard). The museum recently received a gift of the remarkable private collection of Jacqueline Delubac, including Impressionist and modern works by greats such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Bacon, Braque and Picasso.