HD photographs of Pavillon Denon Caryatid sculptures positioned 3rd from the left hand side - Page 572
Again we were within the Cour Napoleon courtyard of the Musee du Louvre when we took these high definition photos showing the two caryatids on the Pavillon Denon, which were produced by the famous French sculptor Auguste Ottin.
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This first HD photo shows a set of two caryatids that are located on the third level of the Denon Pavilion, and depicting female figures these are used as supports instead of pillars or columns, with some of the earliest versions of caryatids still surviving dating back to the 6th century BC in Athens.
And having been used for centuries to make a building more ornate, yet to provide structural support, many caryatids, spelt cariatides in French, do not always have names applied to the statues like you will find with lots of allegorical statues on the former Palais du Louvre.
Yet this close up of the two caryatids shows the detailing that went into producing these, which was by Auguste Ottin, who was born in Paris in 1811 and studying under David d'Angers, he became a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1836 and furthering his studies at the Villa Medici.
After returning to Paris he received numerous different commissions from the French state including this one for the Musee du Louvre and another by King Louis Philippe I for the Jardin du Luxembourg, yet the most famous work of Auguste Ottin is called Polyphemus surprising Galatea in the arms of Acis, which can also be found within the same garden on the Medici Fountain.
Now this last image shows the location of the set of two caryatides, which as we mentioned before, is on the Pavillon Denon, third from the left hand side, and we took this photograph to show the grandeur associated with just this wing of the former Palais du Louvre that has become one of the famous tourist attractions in Paris.
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