HD photographs of the Pulpit sculptures inside Eglise Saint-Roch - Page 1083
We were within the Eglise Saint-Roch in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing La Chaire, or the Pulpit, along with its sculptures including L'Abat-son, or L'Abat Voix, the Caryatids and the Reliefs of the Vat.
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This first HD photo shows an ornate sculpture above the pulpit in the Eglise Saint-Roch, which was designed to be a part of it by the sculptor Simon Challe back in the 1700s and is referred to as L'Abat-son or L'Abat Voix, which in English translates to The Shade or The Voice.
Simon Challe, who was born in Paris in 1719 studied to become a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1743 and furthered his studies in Italy before returning to Paris, when he was commissioned to produce the pulpit, which took between the years of 1752 and 1758, which including the caryatids and bas reliefs you can see here.
Yet here you can see some of the gilded bas reliefs that are located around the Vat, which combine theological and cardinal virtues, being Justice, Force, Faith, Hope and Charity, along with this one that has three figures relating to Truth and Temperance.
However, this next image shows the carved wooden caryatids at the base of the Pulpit called La Chaire in French, and this entire part of the Eglise Saint-Roch has a full title of La chaire a precher de la nef, which in English translates to The pulpit to preach from the nave, where it is located.
Now during the French Revolution the Eglise Saint-Roch saw much destruction and many of its original statues, paintings and sculptures were destroyed, and the L'Abat-son or L'Abat Voix by Simon Challe is the only part of the original pulpit to survive the Revolution, with its drapery and the figure holding a trumpet.
In fact, designed in a classical way, the gilded bas reliefs were actually replaced after the Revolution by Constant Delaperche, who was born in Paris in 1790 and was a painter as well as a sculptor studying under David d'Angers, and you can see two of these here with the square one called Justice and the curved one being called Force, plus Constant Delaperche produced other art works for the Saint-Roch Church in Paris.
But the original Evangelists that were designed by Simon Challe in the mid 1700s were replaced after the French Revolution by Constant Delaperche, and then in the 1900s they were replaced again by these beautifully carved wooden caryatids that also illustrate the Cardinal Virtues, which was by Gabriel Rispal who studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts to become a French sculptor.
Therefore, as you have realised, even though La chaire a precher de la nef or in English, The pulpit to preach from the Nave has changed over the centuries, certain parts still remain true to the concept and production by Simon Challe, in a baroque style, which includes this ornate sculpture that was designed to be a figure holding a trumpet embodying Truth Raising the Veil of the Error.
Although this photograph shows some of the different carved wooden caryatids by Gabriel Rispal, which are located by the base of the pulpit, and in architectural terms, these are meant to support an entablature or something above, hence why they look like they are supporting the vat where the preacher would stand.
And if you wish to see statues, sculptures and paintings located within the Eglise Saint-Roch, many of which are classified as historical monuments in their own right, you would need to enter the church from the Rue Saint-Honore, where La Chaire can be found in the nave section in the first central part before the transept between the different chapels that are located on the outside edges.
Tourist attractions close by
Joan of Arc statue
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Musee du Louvre
Place des Victoires
Place de la Concorde
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