HD photographs of LHS Caryatid sculpture on Pavillon Mollien at Musee du Louvre - Page 697
In these high definition photos you will see a Caryatid sculpted by Francois Jouffroy, which is located on the Pavillon Mollien of the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.
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This first HD photo shows a close up of the Caryatid located on the upper level of the Pavillon Mollien, which is positioned to the left hand side of the dormer window, and this can be seen as you are looking at the facade of the former Palais du Louvre from the Cour Napoleon courtyard.
Now to give you a bit more of an idea, a Caryatid, spelt Cariatide in French is a sculpted female figure that is used in architecture as a more ornate and decorate element rather than just a column or pillar, and they always have an entablature on their head, which is the support.
But these have been used for centuries and the name originates from Greek, where it is spelt Karyatide that when translated means Maiden of Karyai that was an ancient town, and today the oldest examples of caryatids are found in Athens.
Yet getting back to this particular Caryatid, this was sculpted by Francois Jouffroy who was born in Dijon in 1806 and initially studied at his local drawing school before being admitted to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris to study to become a French sculptor, going on to win the Prix de Rome in 1832.
And even though he often had to compete for commissions with David d'Angers, he still received numerous ones for The Louvre, and he also sculpted the opposite caryatid on the ornate facade surrounding this dormer window that you can see in this image.
However Francois Jouffroy also produced numerous busts, sculptures and different statues for other tourist attractions in Paris including working on The Tomb of Napoleon at Les Invalides and the Palais de Justice, but several are also to be found in his original home town.
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