The Petit Palais (Small Palace) is a museum in Paris, France. Built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 to Charles Girault’s designs, it now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).
Arranged around an octi-circular courtyard and garden, the palace is similar to the nearby Grand Palais. Its ionic columns, grand porch and dome echo those of the Invalides across the river. The tympanum depicting the city of Paris surrounded by muses is the work of sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert.
The current exhibits are divided into sections: the Dutuit Collection of medieval and Renaissance paintings, drawings and objets d’art; the Tuck Collection of 18th century furniture and the City of Paris collection of paintings. The museum displays paintings by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Gellée, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Greuze and a remarkable collection of 19th-century painting and sculpture: Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cézanne, Modigliani, Carpeaux, Maillol, Rodin etc.
The Petit Palais has served as a model for other public buildings, notably for the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in Santiago, Chile. The museum displays a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures. The Petit Palais is one of the 14 City of Paris’ Museums that have been incorporated since January 1st 2013 in the public institution Paris Musées.
Official Website –www.petitpalais.paris.fr
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening until 8pm on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions.
Closed Mondays and public holidays. Tickets offices close at 5pm.
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