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HD photographs of l'Oceanie statue on Aile Turgot at Musee du Louvre - Page 542

We were again admiring the Aile Turgot wing of the Musee du Louvre from the Cour Napoleon in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue called l'Oceanie, which was sculpted by Louis Merley.

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l'Oceanie Statue Aile Turgot Musee Du Louvre

This first HD photo shows the allegorical statue called l'Oceanie, which in English translates to the Ocean and it depicts a young child with lots of birds, and as you are standing in the courtyard looking at the facade, you will find this statue located on the top level by the roof line, and positioned in front of a chimney this is the fifth allegory from the left hand side.

l'Oceanie Statue By Louis Merley

So this l'Oceanie statue was produced by Louis Merley who was born in 1815 to a family of gunsmiths and engravers of weapons, and he followed in his fathers footsteps, but decided to enter the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and study sculpture under David d'Angers.

However, although Louis Merley did become a French sculptor, producing works such as this one, he is mainly recognised for his engraving skills and even won a competition for the design of a 20 French Franc gold coin, for which he received the sum of 10,000 Swiss Francs, and some of the coins he designed have become very rare and valuable today.

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