HD photographs of the RHS Caryatid sculpture on the north facade of Pavillon Mollien - Page 633
We were admiring the north facade of the Pavillon Mollien, which is a wing of the Musee du Louvre located in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, and we took these high definition photos showing a caryatid, sculpted by Francois Jouffroy.
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A Caryatid is an ornate female figure used in architecture in place of a column or pillar, and having been used for many centuries, they provide a far more beautiful aspect to the look of a building, which is why these were implement on the former Palais du Louvre back in the 1800s.
So this particular caryatid, spelt cariatide in French, is one of a pair located on the north facade of Pavillon Mollien, and this one is on the upper level to the right hand side of the dormer window, which can be seen from the Cour Napoleon courtyard.
And in this close up HD photo of the caryatid holding a palm leaf, you can see the detailing that went into just this one particular aspect of the architectural decoration of The Louvre, which was sculpted by Francois Jouffroy who was born in Dijon in 1806 and initially went to the local drawing school.
But Francois Jouffroy managed to enrol within the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris studying to become a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1832, and during the Second Empire he received numerous public commissions for different works including several for the Palais du Louvre.
Yet you will be able to discover statues, sculptures and reliefs on numerous different tourist attractions in Paris that include the Tomb of Napoleon at Les Invalides, the Eglise de la Madeleine, Palais de Justice, the Palais Garnier, etc. Plus there are several busts held at the Chateau de Versailles and numerous other sculptures and statues held within museums throughout France including within his home town of Dijon and at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
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