This chapter has one of several expressions of disdain for "the old masters", more prominently a part of in the Italian chapters. The paintings, in Twain's opinion, express "nauseous adulation of princely patrons". "If there is a plausible excuse for the worship of men, then by all means let us forgive Rubens and his brethren." He seems to have a much greater appreciation for Renaissance painters.
The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 14
Sight seeing in Paris, Mark imagines the scenes viewed by those saints found on the wall of Notre Dame. He visits the morgue and ponders the life and death of a drowned man stretched upon a slab. He is both shocked and drawn to the "outrageous" can-can. Some of the material for this chapter can be found in original form in letter Number Five published in the Daily Alta California, discussed in chapter 6 of McKeithan (1958). Portions of the letter can also be found in Chapters 12, 13 and 16 of the book.
The video slideshow for this chapter was produced using PhotoFilmStrip. I tried to find a number of illustrations for the chapter including those found in the first edition printing of this book, as provided by the Gutenberg Project copy and also found in The Oxford Mark Twain edition of The Innocents Abroad. Other illustrations can be found in the Wikipedia Commons.