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  • Le Petit Palais - Red-legged partridge in a niche - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Arts 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 Red legged partridge in a niche Nicolas de Largillierre Paris 1656 Paris 1746 Circa 1680 1685 Oil on canvas 71 5 x 58 5 cm To accept that Nicolas de Largillierre was the greatest portraitist of his era is often to overlook the fact that he worked successfully in all genres and painted many still lives in particular Here he draws on 17th century Flemish and Dutch painting which was a major source of inspiration borrowing the motifs of the niche acting as frame for a still life and that of a red legged partridge hanging by one foot However he stood apart very clearly from his models For him light does not merely serve to emphasise different textures the softness of feathers the hardness of the beak the velvety transparency of the grape the juicy flesh of a pomegranate the downy appearance of a peach even if he does this consummately well Attentive to reflections coloured shadows and the harmony of similar things he uses light to unify all

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  • Le Petit Palais - Composite Landscape - petitpalais.paris.fr
    century The 17th century Renaissance The Western Christian World The Eastern Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts 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 Composite Landscape Henri Mauperché 1602 1686 Oil on canvas 115 x 89 cm This somewhat melancholy idealised landscape explores the theme of the poetry of ruins made fashionable by Claude Gellée and La Hyre It is one of the few paintings attributed with certainty to Mauperché one of the greatest French landscape artists of the middle of the century The artist depicts fantastical classical architecture overrun by vegetation and enlivened by picturesque details flower pots on a cornice laundry hung out to dry and a pulley on the banks of a marsh dotted with reflections The dark tones of the rushes and dead trees in the foreground gradually lighten towards the distant haze according to the rules of aerial perspective The slender figures could represent the shepherd Theagenes welcoming Charicles on the banks of the Nile a scene from the famous novel by Heliodorus Aethiopica M A P Inventory number PPP03764 Inventory number

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/composite-landscape (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - The interrupted song - petitpalais.paris.fr
    de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The interrupted song Frans Van Mieris known as Mieris the Elder 1671 Oil on wooden panel 26 x 21 5 cm Mieris was extremely popular during his lifetime and this popularity continued throughout the whole of the 18th century He fell out of favour in the late 19th century along with all the fijnschilders precious painters of the Leiden school of which he was one of the most talented exponents This style of painting has undertones of gallantry with the association of music and love so common in Dutch painting of the 17th century representing the artist and his wife Cunera van der Cock 1629 1630 1700 It also illustrates the theme of the five senses This painting which had belonged to Count Charles de Perrégaux was sold by his heirs including his son Edouard who spent all his money supporting the beautiful Marie Duplesssis We can suppose that the proceeds of the sale enabled him to buy camellias as a gift for the famous courtesan The two lovers served as models for Alexandre Dumas fils heroes

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/interrupted-song (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - The Massacre of the Innocents - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Corporate Partners Newsletter The Massacre of the Innocents Nicolas Poussin Les Andelys Eure 1594 Rome Italy 1665 Circa 1626 1627 Oil on canvas 97 x 131 7 cm The Gospel of St Matthew tells the story of the Massacre of the Innocents King Herod ordered the killing of all boys under the age of two born in the Bethlehem area for the Magi had told him that a child destined to become the king of the Jews had been born in the city Jesus was saved from the massacre when his Family fled to Egypt Nicolas Poussin depicts this dramatic episode of the New Testament The soldier on the left tramples a horrified mother who can no longer protect her child At the centre another tries to flee To the right a third tries to hold back the executioner The fourth kneeling mourns her dead child Pleading horror terror despair each woman s face expresses a different feeling The dark architecture that closes off the background of the painting leaves no escape route for the figures arranged in a frieze like an antique low relief The faces of the soldiers anonymous indifferent executioners are drowned in shadow Their bodies form

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/massacre-innocents (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Portrait of a man - petitpalais.paris.fr
    The Classical World Graphic Arts 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 Portrait of a man Abraham de Vries circa 1590 La Haye between 1650 and 1662 Paris 1629 Oil on wooden panel 65 3 x 50 4 cm Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Signed and dated Fecit Lutetia

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/200/portrait-a-man (2015-11-09)
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  • The 17th century
    Thanks to them the Petit Palais possesses one of the leading collections of Dutch painting in France second only to the Louvre This reflects at once the taste of the collectors and that of the century they lived in giving priority to the landscapes and genre scenes that greatly inspired French painting in their day Image du bandeau bandeau 17e2 jpg A SELECTION OF WORKS OF THE 17TH CENTURY Painting

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/print/808 (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Virgin and Child - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Batista Cima da Conegliano 1459 Conegliano Italy 1517 Venice Italy Circa 1497 Oil on panel 71 5 x 55 cm This is one of the most traditional images of Western religious painting a Madonna and Child devotional image intended for a church or private chapel Although this is undoubtedly a conventional subject it is treated in a manner which is innovative for Venice in the 1500s Venetian Madonnas were traditionally painted on a gold background in the manner of icons to render them sacred Venetian painters in the late 15th century inspired by Tuscan examples dared to depict them in natural settings Thus Cima de Conegliano places his Virgin outside against a landscape reminiscent of the hills of his native Friuli A warm late afternoon light softens the outline of the figures and creates a bond between the Holy pair and the landscape The painter excels at imparting physical reality to the rather rounded oval face of this very young Mother and her chubby Child Note Jesus natural and gracious gesture as he raises his hand to stroke his Mother s cheek Finally observe the superb chromatic harmony between the cold crystalline tones of the landscape and the warm tones

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  • Le Petit Palais - Bowl : The Dance of the Cupids - 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 Bowl The Dance of the Cupids Anonymous Production Venice Italy Middle of the 16th century Clear glass polychrome decoration cold painted on the reverse gold 7 x 29 2 cm The history of Renaissance glass began in Venice The invention of a very pure colourless material cristallo heated then blown free hand or in moulds is the characteristic feature of this luxury product prized by the European elite Venetian glass reached the peak of perfection in the 16th century with shapes of unprecedented delicacy and elegance making each object a genuine masterpiece This large cristallo glass bowl features charming cold painted decoration applied to the reverse The subject matter which can be admired through the thickness of the perfectly clear glass is inspired by an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphaël two winged cupids are leading a children s dance against the backdrop of a landscape The delicate gilded foliated patterns decorating the rim of the work enhance the quality and richness of the decoration Designed as a luxurious display piece this bowl with its painted

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/bowl-dance-cupids (2015-11-09)
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