Sublime colourful notes

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Our collection of paintings, drawings and prints consists of around 2300 works, dating from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Each work invites visitors on a fantastic voyage through the history of oceanography.

During the exploration campaigns of Prince Albert I, painters and naturalists travelled with him to draw the new species collected, to immortalise their colours and their appearance and thereby complete the inventory of marine animals and plants. These colourful notes and paintings, by the Sovereign’s artists, are displayed at the Museum.

They are accompanied by bequeathed works such as the 68 paintings left by Prince Albert I, donations from famous figures close to the principality’s royal family, paintings given by artists for exhibitions or canvases dedicated to Prince Albert I himself or Jules Richard, the first Museum Director, as a gesture of friendship or as a souvenir of expeditions.
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