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Musée du Petit Palais Museum

The extremely beautiful Petit Palais in the 8th arrondissement was created and built by Charles Girault for the Universal Exposition of 1900 as a city museum to house major collections and a legacy to Auguste Dutuit, offering a broad range of art from antiquity until the beginning of this century.  Plus it now houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.

The Musée du Petit Palais is near the Champs-Elysees and is arranged around a pretty semicircular courtyard and garden and this palace is similar to the nearby Grand Palais, but with its columns, grand porch and dome echoing the Invalides, which is just across the river.

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It was in the year 1902 that the Dutuit brothers bequeathed their collections of ancient and medieval objects, their French and Italian Renaissance pieces and their collection of Dutch paintings along with rare manuscripts to the French State, then the collection was supplemented by 18th century paintings, sculptures, tapestries and objets d'art that were donated by Tuck.

The museum also owns a remarkable series of 19th century works, which were commissioned and bought by the City of Paris during the century along with major donations from people such as Courbet and Cézanne.

And within the works that are exhibited you will see them reflect the main painting movements of the entire century along with some high quality objets d'art of pottery and glass by Gallé but the collection encompasses works from the Egyptian era through to virtually the present day.

Le Petit Palais is situated between the Champs-Elysees and the Avenue Alexandre III and was officially opened to the public on 11 December 1902 and Auguste Dutuit also left funds for the further purchase of works, which has of course been carried out.

The Musee du Petit-Palais was originally the bishops' palace and before the Palais des Papes was constructed it was where the first two Avignon popes lived.

The Musée du Petit Palais has been open since 1976 and houses one of the most important collections of Italian primitives outside of Italy.

There are numerous different halls that show and depict a different time line within the world of art and any of these will not disappoint and probably the most famous artist of Renaissance Florence, Sandro Botticelli, who produced the Virgin and Child, is among this museum's famous masterpieces.

One particular hall contains works from the fourteenth century, which come mainly from buildings constructed during Avignon's papal control and include statuettes from the tombs of John XXII and Innocent VI along with the tomb of Cardinal Philippe de Cabassole.

Another hall starts to show the Italian painting collections which begin and are presented in a chronological and geographical progression, and yet another hall looks on to the Rhone, and is dedicated to the Florentine Renaissance.

The second floor is accessible by an attractive winding staircase, which probably dates back to around the year 1460 and on this floor you will find exhibits from around the 14th century onwards.

The last rooms of the Musee du Petit Palais are devoted to Avignonnais painting and sculpture and are dominated by Enguerrand Quarton, who was author of the famous Pieta in The Louvre and the no less remarkable Coronation of the Virgin, which is in the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon museum.

Over the years the museum has been closed at different time for renovations, and the last time was for four years when it re-opened again in 2005, so it is always advisable to check when it is open before planning your visit to this museum.

However, the museum is usually open every day of the week except a Monday from 10am through to 5pm.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée du Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill

Telephone: 1 42 65 12 73

Musée du Petit Palais Museum

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