Accueil Polychromies Secrètes
musée des Augustins
Mairie Toulouse

Historical and artistic context

View of one of the Gothic galleries :
Chapel of Notre-Dame de Pitie

Photo : Daniel Martin
The collections of medieval art in the Musee des Augustins are some of the richest in France. They were built up during the Revolutionary period at the beginning of the 19 th Century when many religious buildings (churches, monasteries and convents) were being destroyed, and now contain an exceptional selection of sculptures from the Romantic and Gothic periods.

Toulouse and its region were on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella, and these collections are a reflection of its creative vitality at a time when the Languedocian capital was establishing its status as an artistic capital . The end of the Gothic period corresponded with a period of revival marked by the end of the unrest and relative economic prosperity. This was favourable to artistic exchanges: Southern Gothic art was enriched by influences originating in Spain, the North and Italy.

Nostre Dame de Grasse and the Crucifixion of the Parliament of Toulouse are both important examples of the art of this era. They are both anonymous, and have had an eventful history over the past five centuries, experiencing interventions of varying degrees of foolhardiness and deliberate and/or accidental damage.