With the current renovation of the museum the 21st century is making its mark on the palace in the form of architectural operations which rightly confirm its awareness of contemporary life. Its extensive collections, among some of the finest displayed in French museums, are the result of the founding period during the French Revolution and the enthusiasm of collectors, ranging from Egyptian art right through to the 21st century. From Antiquity to contemporary art, from painting to decorative arts via drawings and sculptures, all forms of art are represented in the 130,000 works held by the museum.
The medieval collections are without doubt the most remarkable, for both their quality and quantity. Although the museum is best-known for housing the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy in the centre of the main hall of the palace, these should not detract from other highlights of the collections like the Fayoum mummy portraits from Roman Egypt or masterpieces of European painting from the Renaissance to the 19th century by Titian, Guido Reni, Philippe de Champaigne, Eugène Delacroix, Théodore Géricault, Edouard Manet and Claude Monet.
Artists from Burgundy, often unknown outside their region despite their importance, are prominently featured in the museum, including substantial, expressive works by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, François Rude, Jean-Baptiste Lallemand and Félix Trutat, who died aged 24 when he was one of the most promising portrait artists of his generation. The highlight of the 20th century collection comes from the Second School of Paris with works by Nicolas de Staël, Maria-Helena Vieira da Silva and Charles Lapicque. Art from today is not forgotten as the museum has several works by Yan-Pei Ming."