HD photographs of La ville de Paris entouree des Muses at the Petit Palais in Paris - Page 621



We were again admiring the Petit Palais located in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris when we took these high definition photos showing the relief sculpture above the entrance, which was produced by the well known French sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert.

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La ville de Paris entouree des Muses sculpture by Jean Injalbert
Located on what is known as a tympanum above the entrance to the Petit Palais, you will see a sculpture which is called La ville de Paris entouree des Muses and in English this translates to The city of Paris surrounded by the Muses.

However, this relief sculpture is also sometimes referred to as Ville de Paris protegeant les arts, which in English translates to City of Paris protecting the arts, and this is a rather apt name considering that the Petit Palais is home to a museum called the Musee des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris, or the Museum of Fine Arts of the city of Paris.
La Ville de Paris entouree des Muses above Petit Palais entrance
So in this close up high definition photograph you can see the central part of the sculpture on the tympanum, which shows the allegory with the figure holding a ship, and a ship is the emblem used to represent the city of Paris, like you would see on the Pont Alexandre III bridge on one of the keystones in the centre.

And this was produced by Jean Antoine Injalbert who was born in Beziers within the Languedoc region of France in 1845, but went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts to become a French sculptor, studying under Augustin Alexandre Dumont and winning the Prix de Rome in 1874.
Petit Palais entrance with La Ville de Paris entouree des Muses sculpture
Now this last image shows the main entrance to the Petit Palais, which was constructed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, also known as the World Fair in Paris, and this along with the Grand Palais and the Pont Alexandre III were all inaugurated in 1900 for this occasion, having had numerous different artists work on these impressive historical monuments.

Yet, Jean Antoine Injalbert became recognised as one of the greatest French sculptors of his time and worked on producing statues and sculptures for numerous different tourist attractions in Paris including the Pont de Bir-Hakeim and the Pont Mirabeau, receiving the award of Officer of the Legion of Honour on the day that this bridge was inaugurated.

But Jean Antoine Injalbert also received numerous other awards throughout his prolific career and many of his statues can be found within the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee du Louvre, along with numerous different works that are located in Beziers including funerary monuments in the cemetery, plus his old family home, which is where he had his summer studio, were bequeathed to the town after he passed away in 1933.

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