Against a characteristic light ground, the Virgin holds the Son, who is making the sign of blessing.

On her ochre-red maphorion is a veritable rebus comprising the rainbow that Noah saw in the sky after the flood, the ladder seen by Jacob in his dream, and the head of King of Kings which, according to the prophet Ezekiel, passed through the closed door of the Temple.For Christians, these Old Testament themes are reminders of the fulfilment of the promises of salvation made by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the persons of Jesus and his Mother...

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.

Access the Museums of the City of Paris collections portal
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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.