The Palais des beaux-arts de Lille (French Palais des beaux-arts de Lille) is one of the largest and most famous museums in France, the largest outside the French capital. The initiative to create a museum was put forward back in 1792. The museum includes the following departments: antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, painting of the 16th-20th centuries, sculpture, ceramics, models, graphics and numismatics. The collection of paintings includes about 650 canvases belonging to artists of the Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French schools. French painting is especially widely represented, including works by Delacroix, David, Gericault, Corot, Courbet, Puvis de Chavannes. The sculpture department is also dominated by works by French masters of the 19th century. Of particular value is the extensive collection of graphics, numbering about 4,000 sheets. Museum website.