Pastel and velvet nature of lepidopterans
Saint-Quentin is known as the City of Pastels thanks to the famous Rococo portraitist Quentin de la Tour. And did you know that art historians often compare the powder of pastel to the velvet nature of a butterfly’s wings? Their fragility is what makes them both unique! What better way to combine the two than with a visit to the town’s Musée des Papillons (Butterfly Museum).
It was founded in 1912 as a bequest from Jules Passet who devoted his life and fortune to his passion for insects, particularly butterflies and beetles.