HD photographs of Clio statue on Aile de Marsan at Musee du Louvre - Page 510
This time we were admiring the Aile de Marsan wing of the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing the statue of Clio, by Jean Francois Soitoux.
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Now this first HD photo shows the statue located within a niche on the facade of the Aile de Marsan, which can be seen from the Cour du Carrousel courtyard, and made of stone it was put in place in 1878.
So, Clio is actually an allegorical statue depicting a muse in Greek mythology, and referred to as the Muse of History, sometimes also spelt Kleio, she is a daughter of the Greek God Zeus, and sometimes Clio is depicted holding books or an open scroll, which is how the artist has represented her here.
And the statue of Clio was sculpted by Jean Francois Soitoux, who was born in the September of 1816 and went to Paris to study sculpture under David d'Angers, first presenting at the 1850 Salon with a statue called La Republique, which became one of his most famous works.
However, he was also commissioned to produce several statues for the decoration of the Palais du Louvre on different wings along with some for the Palais des Tuileries, but unfortunately this palace has since been destroyed.
Yet through these, Jean Francois Soitoux was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1866 and he continued to produce other statues requested by the French State and the City of Paris, which is where he passed away in 1892.
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