HD photographs of Diane Chasseresse statue on Fontaine de Diane in Paris - Page 523
We were within the Jardins des Champs Elysees in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing the Fontaine de Diane, which was designed by the architect Jacques Hittorff and the sculptor Louis Desprez who produced the statue of Diane.
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It was during the Restoration and the July Monarchy that numerous embellishments were being added to buildings and put within gardens around Paris, plus there were several monumental fountains constructed, just like the one you can see in this first HD photo, which shows the Fontaine de Diane that is one of four located within the Jardins des Champs Elysees.
And the bases of all four of these ornamental water fountains were designed by the French architect Jacques Hittorff and are exactly the same, but each fountain has a different statue on the top, along with a different name, and this one is called the Fontaine de Diane.
So this next photo shows the statue of Diane Chasseresse, which in English translates to Diana the Huntress, and made of bronze this is located in the centre of the Fontaine de Diane, hence the name of this, although it is sometimes referred to as The Dean or even the Ledoyen Fountain.
And although they were not working at the time we took these photographs, the mascarons, or masks in the form of lion's heads, are meant to spout out the water, which were a part of design on all four water fountains that can be found within the Champs Elysees Gardens.
The statue of Diane Chasseresse was produced in bronze back in 1840 and in Roman mythology Diana was referred to as the Goddess of the Hunt, who was one of the three maiden goddesses, yet she is often depicted as an allegory relating to commerce.
So this bronze statue of Huntress Diana was produced by Louis Desprez who was born in Paris on 7th July 1799 and entering the Ecole des Beaux Arts as a pupil of Francois Joseph Bosio, he became a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1826.
Yet this next image shows a side view of the bronze statue of Diane Chasseresse located on the Fontaine de Diane, and it was Jacques Hittorff who entrusted Louis Desprez to execute this particular statue in the centre of the monumental water fountain, and this sculptor received several commissions for public works during this period.
In fact, he was highly regarded for his busts and portrait style statues and Louis Desprez worked on embellishments for several tourist attractions including the Musee du Louvre and churches like the Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois and was awarded the Legion of Honour in the May of 1851.
Now this last high definition photograph shows the whole fountain with its circular base and this particular one can be found in the southern part of the Jardins des Champs Elysees in between the Petit Palais and the Place de la Concorde.
And the Fontaine de Diane is located in an area often called the Carre Ledoyen named after the famous restaurant in a building called the Pavillon Ledoyen, and this part of the garden is bordered to the south by the Cours la Reine, very close to the River Seine.
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