Petit Palais

The Petit Palais is a museum
A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities...

 in Paris
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, France
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. Built for the Universal Exhibition
Exposition Universelle (1900)
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 in 1900 to Charles Girault
Charles Girault
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's designs, it now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).

Arranged around an octi-circular courtyard and garden, the palace is similar to the nearby Grand Palais
Grand Palais
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. Its ionic
Ionic order
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 columns, grand porch and dome echo those of the Invalides across the river. The tympanum
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 depicting the city of Paris surrounded by muses is the work of sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert
Jean Antoine Injalbert
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The current exhibits are divided into sections: the Dutuit Collection of medieval and Renaissance
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 paintings, drawings and objets d'art; the Tuck Collection of 18th century furniture and the City of Paris collection of paintings. The museum diplays paintings by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens
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, Nicolas Poussin
Nicolas Poussin
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, Claude Gellée, Fragonard, Hubert Robert
Hubert Robert
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, Greuze and a remarkable collection of 19th century painting and sculpture : Ingres
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, Géricault, Delacroix
Eugène Delacroix
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, Courbet
Gustave Courbet
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, Monet, Sisley
Alfred Sisley
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, Pissarro, Cezanne, Modigliani
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, Carpeaux
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, Maillol, Rodin
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The Petit Palais has served as a model for other public buildings, notably for the Royal Museum for Central Africa
Royal Museum for Central Africa
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 near Brussels
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, Belgium
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, and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in Santiago
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, Chile.

The museum displays a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures.

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