HD photographs of the Rooster and Serpent sculpture on Aile Est at Musee du Louvre - Page 757
We were at the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris when we took these high definition photos showing a pediment called Un coq, entoure d’un serpent qui se mord la queue, est soutenu par des genies, which was sculpted by Guillaume II Coustou.
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This first HD photo shows the Fronton, or pediment, located on the Aile Est wing of the former Palais du Louvre, and this has a very long title of Un coq, entoure d’un serpent qui se mord la queue, est soutenu par des genies, which was put in place in 1759.
Un coq, entoure d’un serpent qui se mord la queue, est soutenu par des genies translates in English to A rooster, surrounded by a serpent biting its tail, is supported by geniuses and in this close up photo you can see the centre of the pediment sculpture with the serpent, or snake, coiled round the rooster trapping its wings.
Here you can see the entire pediment with the two genies, or genius figures on either side, which was produced by Guillaume II Coustou, who is also known as Guillaume Coustou the Younger, and born in 1716, he followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle, Nicolas Coustou training with them.
Yet he managed to win the Prix de Rome, which meant that Guillaume Coustou the Younger could spend time at the Villa Medici French Academy in Rome furthering his studies, and upon his return started receiving numerous public commissions including this one on The Louvre.
However, when his father Guillaume Coustou became infirm, he took over the project for the Horse Tamer statues, called the Horses of Marly, which are no doubt his most famous works that were located at the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens until the 1980s but are now located inside the Musee du Louvre, although his most prominent official commission was for a Monument to Louis the Dauphin of France, the son of King Louis XV.
But here you can see the entire centre of the Aile est facade with the sculptured pediment Un coq, entoure d’un serpent qui se mord la queue, est soutenu par des genies that faces into the Cour Carree, and this is located above the Passage du Pavillon Saint Germain l'Auxerois, which takes you out of the Louvre courtyard to the church opposite that used to be attended by the royal family who were residing at this famous former palace.
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