Paris Musées Collections

February 7, 2010By Heidi EllisonArchive

Paris Update Art Notes



“Portrait of George Sand” (1838), by Auguste Charpentier, part of the collection of the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

The distinction may not be obvious to most visitors, but some of Paris’s major museums are owned and operated by the French government, while others, including the Petit Palais and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and many smaller ones like the Musée de la Vie Romantique, are the property of the city of Paris. The city’s museums have holdings of around 1 million artworks, and a new website, Paris Musées Collections, has been created to showcase 180,000 of them. In French only, the site allows searching for specific artists or works, browsing to make new discoveries, exploring a work in detail and sharing with friends. Curated sections illustrate different themes, such as “Paris 1900” (a popular exhibition at the Petit Palais in 2014), with works from the collection. By the way, if you decide to visit in person instead, don’t forget that city-run museums are closed on Mondays and national museums on Tuesdays. Heidi Ellison


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