HD photographs of Goddess of music statue called Calliope inside Luxembourg Gardens - Page 315
We were back in the Jardin du Luxembourg, which is located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos of a statue called Calliope by Fernando Pelliccia.
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This first HD photo shows the statue of Calliope, which was sculpted in marble and stands at a height of almost two metres, and this was brought back to France by Marechal Aimable-Jean-Jacques Pelissier, Duc de Malakoff, which was after the French victory following the Siege of Sebastopol in 1855 to 1856.
Now according to the French Senate, who reside at the Palais du Luxembourg and maintain the Luxembourg Gardens, along with all of its statues, this was sculpted by Fernando Pelliccia who was born in 1808 and died in 1890, but because of when this statue was brought back to France, it must have been executed reasonably early on during his career, although an exact date is not known.
And originally this statue would have been taken to the Orangerie of the Jardin des Tuileries along with many other marble statues that were taken during the spoils of war, however, it was mentioned in a report for the Jardin du Luxembourg in 1902, and has remained here ever since.
So this next HD photo shows a close up of the marble statue depicting Calliope, which is also sometimes spelt Kalliope, and in Greek mythology she was the eldest of the Muses, who were the Goddesses of music, song and dance, which is why she is holding a traditional musical instrument called a lyre.
However, Calliope is also referred to as the Goddess of eloquence and In classical times Muses were given specific artistic representations and she was also named the Muse of epic poetry, and in this instance would be presented with a scroll or tablet, etc rather than the lyre, like in older statues.
And talking about a lyre, this is actually a string instrument similar to a harp, just far smaller, and is known for its use in Greek classical antiquity, hence why you often see this on different statues like this one as we were looking towards one of the terraces within the gardens.
So this last image was taken from the terrace looking at the back of the Calliope statue towards the main part of the Jardin du Luxembourg, and this is positioned on the eastern side of the garden in the area around the grand basin known as the Sculpture d'apres l'antique, which translates in English to from the antique sculpture.
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