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  • Le Petit Palais - Smokers - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Smokers David Teniers the Younger Antwerp 1610 Brussels 1690 Oil on wooden panel 27 5 x 34 7 cm Teniers brings all his artistic virtuosity warm harmonies transparent tones well spaced and luminous composition and attention to detail to his depiction

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/smokers (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - The Little Alms Collector - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Little Alms Collector Jan Steen Leyde 1626 Leyde 1679 Circa 1663 1665 Oil on wooden panel 59 x 51 cm The subject of this work was only recently identified satisfactorily as a Pentecostal procession The potted plant a cardamine pratensis whose flower a young child sitting on a railing offers to the alms collector is the key to this painting This common meadow plant which was unlikely to be depicted as an ornamental plant is called pinksterbloem in Dutch The same name which means May flower is given to the little girl at the head of the processions organised by Catholics on this festival day The hesitation over what title to give to this work stems from the fact that Steen produced a parody of the traditional procession The little girl dressed as a bride and crowned with flowers who walked the streets collecting alms is replaced by a young boy wearing a cap with a paper flower pinned to it All Steen s virtuosity can be seen in this picture his conveying of the particular textures of the different materials

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/little-alms-collector (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Landscape with the Port of Santa Marinella - petitpalais.paris.fr
    visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Landscape with the Port of Santa Marinella Claude Gellée known as Claude Lorrain Chamagne 1600 Rome 1682 Circa 1637 1638 Oil on copper 28 x 36 cm This painting belongs to a pair Gellée was commissioned to make by Urban VIII One depicts a View of Castel Gandolfo a palace on the banks of Lake Albano Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum Its counterpart which entered the Petit Palais with the Dutuit collection shows the little harbour of Santa Marinella near Civitavecchia on the Roman coast which this Pope decided to turn into a big port He would not get past laying the initial foundations Although Claude went to Santa Marinella to produce his drawings this is no topographical view but a representation of a site in a fantasy setting and curiously enough the landscape which is the point of the painting is much reduced He reconstructs nature following the methods of classical landscape painting of which he was the ambassador par excellence The real subject here is light The intense orange radiance of the sky illuminates the depths of the landscape is reflected in the water and unifies the space The physical beauty of the picture s

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/landscape-port-santa-marinella (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - The Abduction of Proserpina - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Abduction of Proserpina Petrus Paulus Rubens Siegen Westphalie 1577 Antwerp 1640 Circa 1614 1615 Oil on wooden panel 38 x 67 cm This study for a large scale painting that once belonged in England in the collections of the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim Castle and was destroyed in a fire that ravaged a wing of this castle in 1861 depicts the abduction of Proserpina Following a plot by Venus Pluto fell in love with Proserpina the daughter of Ceres and Jupiter and abducted her Rubens depicts the brutality and rapidity of the action wonderfully Pluto s gesture forcefully embracing Proserpina s body merges the two figures in a single luminous diagonal in opposition to the dark diagonal formed by Minerva who is trying to prevent the kidnapping Rubens put all his technique into the depiction of this act of violence On a saffron yellow base he painted using a cursive stroke with the tip of his brush and his oil painting technique kept all the graphic qualities of watercolour techniques and even drawing techniques See the digital video made especially for

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/rape-proserpina (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - The Analysis - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Analysis Adriaen Van Ostade Haarlem 1610 Haarlem 1685 1666 Oil on wooden panel 28 2 x 22 5 cm Adriaen van Ostade executed several works using the same composition and showing men in an identical setting in three quarter profile sitting at a table generally covered with an opulent Oriental rug absorbed in their studies This has enabled us to group them into two main categories men of the law and scientists The title under which the Dutuit painting was listed upon its entrance to the Petit Palais which we have kept does not make it clear what the profession of the figure is or the exact nature of the liquid he is examining He would appear to be a doctor absorbed in one of the activities most commonly depicted to show a diagnosis being established the examination of a bottle of urine Costume instruments and botany books are traditional in this type of representation which is often found in paintings attributed to many other 17 th century Dutch artists and the various versions attributed to Van Ostade are simply variants of the Dutuit painting

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/analysis (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Diana Resting - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Diana Resting Jacob Jordaens Antwerp 1593 Antwerp 1678 Circa 1640 1650 Oil on canvas 123 x 159 cm Cézanne who once said It is grotesque to imagine that we grow like a fungus when we have all the generations behind us Why not take advantage of all this work why neglect this impressive contribution first discovered this painting through the engraving and found in it a source of inspiration for some of his pictures of bathers a copy of which is owned by the Petit Palais With its exuberant joy and delight in young flesh it is a superb example of the artist s Rubensian phase when much to our pleasure today he revelled in the art of painting This canvas owned by a number of very important collectors in the course of the 19th century is notably different in content from traditional evocations of this scene inspired by Ovid s Metamorphoses Jordaens has transformed his theme into an illustration of the fecundity of the earth or an allegory of abundance There is

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/diana-resting (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Self-portrait in Oriental Attire - petitpalais.paris.fr
    The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Self portrait in Oriental Attire Rembrandt Leyde 1606 Amsterdam 1669 1631 Oil on wooden panel 63 cm x 56 cm Rembrandt has left us more self portraits than any other artist in the world around eighty around forty paintings nearly thirty engravings and seven drawings not including the many pictures in which he depicted himself as a character This painting is unique in that it is the only self portrait showing Rembrandt standing up X rays of the panel have shown us that Rembrandt unhappy with the position of his legs shortened them and then later hid them totally behind a dog He also changed his hair A copy attributed to one of his pupils Isaac de Jouderville 1612 1613 1645 1647 shows us how he looked originally The more or less fantastical Oriental costume was frequently used by Rembrandt and other artists of his time in biblical scenes or figures of fantasy to create an image that evoked distant and exotic lands for which there was growing interest in Holland See the digital video made especially for the exhibition Revelations

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/self-portrait-oriental-attire (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - The Water Mills - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Water Mills Meindert Hobbema Amsterdam 1638 Amsterdam 1709 Circa 1664 1668 Oil on canvas 77 x 111 cm Along with his master Jacob van Ruisdael 1628 1629 1682 Hobbema was one of the main ambassadors of Dutch landscape painting in the 17th century which ushered in a real revolution in the way nature was represented The Dutch looked at nature in a new way without neglecting its most humble aspects and the human figure absent or depicted in everyday life blends in totally with the landscape The water mill motif in which some saw an evocation of human destiny and a representation of the ingenuity that humankind showed in the 17th century featured prominently in Dutch painting during this time Hobbema practically made it his speciality The painting at the Petit Palais which dates from the artist s period of maturity between 1664 and 1668 was very famous in the 19th century often being used as a reference to the paintings of this series The whole composition is very open and is focussed on the

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/water-mills (2015-11-09)
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