David Gallery

The gallery presents works by France's three leading Neoclassical artists: five early works by David, the Montpellier-born artist and French Neoclassical pioneer Vien, and Vincent. Portraits and Antique subjects are the predominant themes of works dating from the end of the Ancien régime, pre-1789. Houdon's sculptural masterpieces, Summer and Winter are displayed to superb effect. The gallery was built in 1867-68 as an extension of the Old Municipal Library, to house the superb collection of medieval Arabic manuscripts donated to the city by the Abbé Flottes, a professor of philosophy at Montpellier University.