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The Salle Daru and the neo-classicals
At the end of the Salle Daru, you can see the Salle Denon followed by the Salle Mollien. You have to climb the imposing Escalier Daru, created by Lefuel in the Second Empire, to reach the collection of large formats of French neo-classicism presented in these three rooms. On walls painted a dark red, here are the masterpieces of French painting from 1780 to 1850. The Salle Daru honours the painter David (1748-1825) who glorified the Napoleonic epic: his immense “Coronation of Napoleon” occupies the central place of the panel. Around and opposite, David’s “Roman” works are displayed.
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