HD photographs of Montesquieu statue on Aile Turgot at Musee du Louvre - Page 360
This time while we were within the Cour Napoleon of the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, we took these high definition photos of another statue located on the Aile Turgot depicting Montesquieu by Nanteuil.
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Now as you are looking at the facade of the Aile Turgot wing of the former Palais du Louvre from the courtyard called the Cour Napoleon, you will see statues of Famous French men located on the first level balustrade, and this statue of Montesquieu is positioned at the far right hand side next to the Pavillon Richelieu.
So this second HD photo shows a closer view of the stone statue, which was produced by Charles-Francois Nanteuil-Leboeuf who was born in Paris on the 9th August 1792 and became a French sculptor known just purely as Nanteuil, who won the Prix de Rome in 1817.
So from this award, returning to Paris Nanteuil received many commissions from the French state, and these can be seen on numerous different historical buildings in Paris such as the Gare du Nord, Palais, Garnier and of course the former Louvre Palace that you can see here, not forgetting other monumental sculptures, bas reliefs, monumental statues and busts that were sculpted prior to his death in the November of 1865.
And in this last image you can see the name inscription on the statue that is depicting Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brede et de Montesquieu, who was born in January 1689 and just known as Montesquieu, he became a French lawyer, man of letters, and a political philosopher.
So living during the age of Enlightenment, he became famous for his articulation of the theory of the separation of powers, which divided French society into different classes and different powers that meant neither one could be a controlling force, and this theory has been implemented in many constitutions throughout the world.
Yet, with bad eyesight in later years inhibiting his writing, he was eventually completely blind when he died of a fever in 1755, but as with many men represented on the Musee du Louvre, his legacy on certain principles and ideals still lives on today.
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