HD photographs of the LHS Caryatid sculptures on Pavillon Sully facade - Page 586
We were again at the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement, but this time within the Cour Napoleon admiring the facade of the Pavillon Sully, when we took these high definition photos showing a set of Caryatids by Pierre Simart.
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This first HD photo shows a set of two Caryatids, which are located on the upper level of the Pavillon Sully, and these particular ones are the 1st set from the left hand side next to a dormer window, as you are looking at the facade from the courtyard.
Now Caryatids, spelt Cariatides in French, are designed as sculpted female figures that are put in place instead of columns or pillars, and have an entablature on their head to support a pediment above, as you can see here.
So this next image shows the detailing that went into this set of Caryatids that are designed holding hands, and if you look carefully, you will see that their hair has been sculpted in a way that it goes down their back as well, and this has been one of the architectural elements used in caryatids for centuries, to provide more stability as a structural support instead of just a thin neck.
And here you can see the top part of the Pavillon Sully with the sets of caryatids, and these particular ones, along with the other two on the opposite outside edge were produced by Pierre Simart, who was born in Troyes within the Champagne region of France in 1806, and having received a grant from his home town, he was able to study in Paris to become French sculptor.
Winning the Prix de Rome on 1832, Pierre Simart spent time at the Villa Medici and upon his return received numerous public commissions including works for popular tourist attractions in Paris such as the Jardin du Luxembourg and Les Invalides, not forgetting different sculptures and statues for The Louvre. Plus Pierre Simart was awarded the Legion of Honour and received the Officers Cross in 1856 shortly before his sudden death due to complications resulting from a fall.
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