The Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy, Paris

IMG_7682_skullsMore from this fascinating museum. At every turn there were visual surprises of all types – from the wonderful architecture and embellishments to the many, varied collections. And, while I have many other images from this recent trip as well as new local work to get busy on, I find it hard to break away from this particular treasure trove of images.

IMG_7642_01_LR_12For brevity sake, I had previously referred to this museum as the Paris Natural History Museum. To be precise, it is officially titled the “Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy,” one of fourteen sites (four of which are in Paris) that comprise the French National Museum of Natural History.

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The view from the third floor, looking down on dinosaurs and other extinct animals. That third floor balcony displays the invertebrate collection.

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IMG_7441_01_LRA side room on the third floor filled with ammonoids. In fact, that large object on the wall, next to the massive moose antlers, is an equally massive ammonoid,

IMG_7451_01_LR_10A fine example of the architectural detailing present throughout the museum. The organic plantlike stair details are a fine segue into these lovely crinoids.

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And one final view from another museum, the Musee D’Orsay.

_MG_1019_01_LR_12Thank you as always for visiting. More images at www.artmurphy.com

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