144 19. PALAIS DU LUXEMBOURG.
and under Louis Philippe, this room was known as the Salle du
Livre d'Or, and was employed as a receptacle for documents
recording the titles and coats of arms of the Peers of France.
Members of these families during that period were accustomed to
celebrate their nuptials in the richly decorated Chapel, restored
The Library of the Senate, a handsome gallery with 40,000
vols., is not usually shown to the public (enquiry may be made
of the attendant). The cupola is adorned with one of the finest
works of the talented Delacroix (A. 1863), representing Elysium
as portrayed by Dante, and remarkable for its spirited style and
The *Musee du Luxembourg, a collection of upwards of 200
Paintings of Living Artists, some 30 sculptures, and a number
of drawings, engravings, and lithographs, is situated in the E.
wing of the palace. Many of the pictures here are not inferior
in interest to those in the Louvre; but no works are exhibited
in the latter until 10 years after the death of the artists.
The usual entrance is by a door (the first to the r.) within
the railing of the garden at the N.E. end, whence a mean stair¬
case is ascended (on Sundays and festivals by the principal portal,
opposite the Rue de Tournon).
With a few exceptions the collection of pictures consists exclu¬
sively of good works, but the sculptures are of inferior merit.
Each work has the name of the artist attached. A few of the most
interesting pictures are enumerated here, although many others are
hardly less worthy of careful inspection. The dates given in
the Handbook are those of the admission of the respective pic¬
tures into the collection. The order of the pictures is changed
very frequently. Catalogue 75 c. The visitor enters the 'Great
Gallery', and from it a small room to the r.
First Small Room.
The enumeration begins on the r. of the entrance:
191. Rousseau, Sunset. 1855.
33. Brion, Cessation of the Deluge, the dove returning to the
arch with the olive-branch. 1864.
150. Lenepveu, Christian interment in the Catacombs. 1855.
181. Robert-Fleury, Jane Shore overtaken by her pursuers.
The Great Gallery adjacent possesses a ceiling-painting,
the Rising of Aurora by Callet (A. 1823), surrounded by twelve
smaller paintings by Jordaens, the pupil of Rubens, allegorically
representing the signs of the zodiac. The sculptures here hardly
Over the door of the room to the r.:
157. Matout, Woman of Boghari slain by a lion.