The two-hour highlights tour includes the medieval passageway, the Great Sphinx of Tanis, Venus of Milo, the Renaissance ballroom, Winged Victory and the Apollo Gallery; masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance by Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo; key works by 19th century French masters Delacroix, Gericault and Ingres.
During the 3-hour tour, we’ll also study Dutch and Flemish masters Rembrandt, Ruysdael, Vermeer and Rubens, and visit the Napoleon III apartments.
This magnificent, exquisitely furnished mansion holds outstanding collections of Dutch, Flemish, French and English paintings. The upper floor features the Italian Renaissance, with masterpieces by Botticelli, Uccello, Donatello and Mantegna. Nelie Jacquemart and Edouard André traveled extensively, amassing their collection with a discerning eye.
The graceful Marmottan mansion, located in the calm and leafy 16th arrondissement, is home to the world’s greatest collection of Claude Monet’s paintings, including the famous Impression: Sunrise over Le Havre. Fine work by Boudin, Morisot, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Manet and Degas are also on view. Decorated with furnishings from the Empire period, the museum also holds an outstanding collection of illuminated manuscripts.
The Hôtel de Biron and its beautiful rose gardens are home to the definitive collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures, drawings, paintings and ceramics. From Rodin’s controversial early works to The Kiss, The Thinker, Balzac, the Burghers of Calais and his extraordinary portrait busts, it is all here in a magnificent setting. This two-hour tour covers the life and times of France’s greatest 19th century sculptor, known for his powerful, realistic yet unconventional work.
A tour of the Invalides can be linked to a tour of the nearby Rodin museum. This building complex, considered a masterpiece of French classical architecture, was commissioned by Louis XIV to serve as hospital, lodging and workshop for the veterans of his many wars. We will also visit the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, located in the royal church of St. Louis des Invalides, as well as the adjoining Soldiers’ Church.