HD photographs of Laure de Noves statue in Jardin du Luxembourg - Page 465
This time we were within the Jardin du Luxembourg located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing the statue of Laure de Noves, sculpted by Auguste Ottin.
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Here you can see the statue of Laure de Noves, which in English is spelt Laura of Noves, and this is a part of a series of statues known as the Reines de France and Femmes Illustres, which again translates to Queens of France and Famous Women.
This statue was sculpted in marble, and it was King Louis Philippe I who chose this particular lady to be one of the series represented within the Luxembourg Gardens, and was commissioned by a ministerial decree dated 15th November 1946.
It was commissioned from the artist Auguste Louis Marie Ottin for the sum of 12,000 French Francs, and was put in place on the western terrace of the Jardin du Luxembourg in 1848, which is where it can still be viewed today on the left terrace as you are looking at the palace.
Now here you can see a close up photo showing the plaque on the pedestal of the marble statue depicting Laure de Noves, and although faded, if you look closely you can see her years of birth and death, being 1307 to 1348, however, some sources give different years of birth such as 1310.
And although she was not a queen of France, Laura de Noves is classed as a famous woman who was married to Count Hughes de Sade, an ancestor of the Marquis de Sade, but details of her life are very vague, although it is assumed she was the inspiration and muse of the famous Italian poet Franceso Petrarch.
The artist Auguste Ottin depicted Laura de Noves as a loving woman, head bowed, lost in dreams, and the sheets of paper she is holding in her hand are meant to depict poems from Francesco Petrarch, although there are no substantiating facts as to whether this was the same Laura written about in his works.
But his writings, especially in one particular letter also refer to his despair upon the premature death of Laura, which is therefore assumed it is Laure de Naves, as she died prematurely in 1348.
Yet getting back to the artist, Auguste Louis Marie Ottin was born in Paris in 1811, becoming a pupil of David d'Angers and studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts to become a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome, enabling him to continue studies in Rome before returning to Paris.
Upon his return he received several different commissions including this statue of Laura de Noves, however, the most famous work of Auguste Ottin can also be found within the Jardin du Luxembourg, and this is the bronze and marble statue group called Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea, which can be found on the famous Medici Fountain.
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