Obscure Paris in 10 Photos

In 2016 I traveled to Paris to hang out with my brother, who was there for work.  Having already been to Paris quite a few times,  I decided to experience some less visited sites, with the exception of the Louvre which my brother wanted to see.

1 & 2: My wandering journey first took me to Parc Monceau.  The park was founded in the late 18th century by a cousin of Louis XVI. It is an English style park, with numerous follies scattered about.  The first photo is a bridge modeled after the Rialto bridge in Venice.  The second photo shows the rotunda and iron fence work.

3:  Nearby the Parc Monceau, the Musée Nissim de Camondo is a delightful mansion built in 1911.  Although the mansion itself is not old by European standards, it contains decorative art from the 17th to 18th centuries.

4 & 5:  The Musée Jacquemart-André is a private mansion built in 1869 that was later converted to a museum to display the owner’s Italian art collection.

6:  This photo from the Louvre is one of four figures from the Four Captives bronze statuary, that once surrounded a statue of Louis XIV in the Place des Victoires. I thought the artist did an excellent job depicting grief in the face of his subject.

7:  The photo is a bit washed out, but I found this vase in the Louvre to be particularly striking and busy in a good way.  After a bit of searching I found it here . It’s called Vase de la Renaissance by Claude-Aimé Chenavard (c. 1832).

8:  The Musée national de la Marine has the imperial barge of Napoleon Bonaparte along with many other nautical themed artifacts.

9: The Musée Cernuschi – is a private collection of Asian art housed in the collectors former home after his death in 1898.

10:  I stumbled upon t his tiny church called Chapelle Notre-Dame de Compassion.  It was built in 1843 following the death of the son of the king Louis Philippe and is dedicated to parents who have lost their children.  To accommodate the construction of a nearby convention center, the church was moved piece by piece in 1968 to its current location.

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