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The collections department currently numbers 65,000 works dating from the 15th to 20th centuries, devoted to architecture, painting, sculpture, drawing and engraving. Nonetheless, 3,500 works from the 15th and 16th centuries, mostly originating from the Masson donation, treat all subjects and are of varied geographical origins (France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain). From the 17th century on, the artistic field becomes dominant. Architecture is particularly well represented by a fine group of works treating theory, history, urbanisation, construction techniques and building types. Among these 65,000 works, some are collections made up of original engravings and photographs. Finally, one also finds 900 collections of periodicals (the most unusual series being French and foreign 19th-century architectural journals).