This is my fourth time to visit Paris since the ones in 2007 and 2009. This time I need to search for another sites other than Eiffel or Louvre. This is not easy. I began by Jardine de Luxembourg, or Luxemburg garden. This is a beautiful garden with a little palace where people can sit back and relax while enjoying the summer shine.
I continue by visiting the Petite Palais and Grand Palais, two buildings overlooking one another which house two museums with many sections. The ticket was free and they have magnificent collections of statues, ceramics, books, and many others. I admire the beautiful facade and the grandeur entrance with a touch of gold color here and there.
Surrounded by an octi-circular courtyard and garden, the Petit Palais has similar construction as the nearby Grand Palais. Its ionic columns, grand porch and dome are similar to 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 museum in Petit Palais is divided into some 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 a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures. The paintings displayed in this ivory museum are masterpieces of prominent painters, such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Gellée, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Greuze. There are also remarkable collection of 19th century painting and sculpture of Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cezanne, Modigliani, Carpeaux, Maillol, Rodin etc. The Petit Palais has also become a model for other public buildings, such as for the Royal Museum for Central Africa near Brussels, Belgium, and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in Santiago, Chile.
Having explored the museum, spending the evening in the backyard terrace is a very good choice, with a cup of tea while enjoying the beautiful garden and magnificent exterior of the meseum.