Manuscript

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Here one can distinguish between a collection of documents and a group of illuminated manuscripts. 1,000 archive documents group the papers from the former Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture (witness reports, inventories, accounts and the famous academic lectures that were the basis of French artistic doctrine during the Ancien Régime), as well as a number of pieces concerning the life of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts or 19th-century artistic life, papers of the painter Jacques-Louis David, correspondence of the architect Charles Garnier, unpublished memoirs of the “mailings of architecture from Rome”. Finally, 390 important painted manuscripts and illuminated fragments from the 12th to 17th centuries stem from the Masson, Chenavard and Wasset collections.