HD photographs of 1767 clock pediment sculpture on Palais Royal - Page 1152
We were in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Palais Royal, when we took these high definition photos showing a pediment sculpture, which was produced by Augustin Pajou.
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This first HD photo shows an arch shaped pediment with a clock in the centre surrounded by a sculpture of two mythical winged female figures, sometimes referred to as geniuses, which were sculpted between the years of 1767 and 1769.
Yet this next image shows a close up photo of the left hand side allegorical figure, which was produced by Augustin Pajou, who was born in Paris in 1730 and followed in his fathers footsteps to become a French sculptor, beginning to study in the studio of Jean Baptiste Lemoyne at the young age of 14.
Incredibly, at the young age of 18 Augustin Pajou won the Prix de Rome, meaning he further his studies at the French Academy in Rome, Italy, and upon his return started to receive many commissions for statues, busts and sculptures that can be found at many different tourist attractions, including the Chateau de Versailles, Palais de Justice and the Palais Royal, although many of his works can now be found within the Louvre Museum.
Now when this pediment, known as a fronton in French, was first sculpted, the two Geniuses were sculpted as though they were supporting a shield for the coat of arms of the Orleans family, who resided at this royal palace from 1661, yet as you can tell from the above image, this is now a clock, which was produced by the famous Lepaute clockmakers.
However, here you can see the entire central facade of the Palais Royal with its arc shaped pediment, that faces onto the Place du Palais-Royal and the Rue Saint Honore in the 1st Arrondissement, and this part of the building is home to the Conseil d'Etat, which in English translates to Council of the State.
Tourist attractions close by
Louvre des Antiquaires
Musee du Louvre
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Au Pied de Cochon restaurant
Joan of Arc statue
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