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A "Small" Palace Turned Fine Art Museum

The Petit Palais (Small Palace) is a museum that houses the Paris Museum of Fine Arts. The palace is similar to the nearby Grand Palais as it is arranged around an octi-circular courtyard and garden. Its ionic columns, grand porch and dome echo those of the Invalides across the river. The tympanum (a decorative wall surface) 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 other art objects; the Tuck Collection of 18th century furniture, and the City of Paris collection of paintings. The museum displays works by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Gellée, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, and Greuze, and has a remarkable collection of 19th century painting and sculpture.

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