The Petit Palais owns an important cameo, Autumn, by Georges Lemaire, a sculptor and engraver of precious stones, and two statuettes, one representing Etienne Marcel and the other Immortality (or Silence).

The latter two works demonstrate Lemaire’s taste for semi-precious stones which he liked to select and combine.The iconography of Immortality has links with Symbolist art.

From Burne-Jones to Khnopff, turn of the century artists excelled at depicting pale, slender, untouchable women as allegories for mystery and secrecy. The full-frontal pose of the model is further accentuated by the stylised lines of her clothing, the steadiness of her self-absorbed gaze and the strange movements of her hands which are clasping a crown of laurels, making this display object a fascinating icon, a femme fatale-cum-priestess of an unknown cult.

D. M.

City of Paris municipal collection's website

City of Paris municipal collection's website

The collections portal can be used to search the collections of Paris’s 14 municipal museums (approximately 336,000 works, including 43,000 belonging to the Petit Palais).

It is also possible to download around 12,000 images of the museum’s works free of charge.

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Extern databases

Discover a selection of databases online presenting works from the Petit Palais or documents concerning the history of the museum.