HD photographs of Caryatid sculptures on Pavillon de l'Horloge facade 4th from the LHS - Page 960
We were at the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a set of Caryatids on the Pavillon de l'Horloge, which were sculpted by Phillippe de Buyster.
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A Caryatid, spelt cariatide in French, is an architectural term that refers to a female figure used as a support for a building instead of a boring column, and as you can see in this first HD photograph, sometimes they are produced as sets to support an entablature on their heads, which became popular again during the Renaissance period, even though they have been used for many centuries before.
So here is a close up of the caryatids, which were sculpted by Phillippe de Buyster who was born in Antwerp in 1595, yet after marrying he went to France and settled in Paris as a sculptor where he began to receive commissions for several important works, then gained a patent as a painter and sculptor for the king, which came with a workshop, lodgings and an annual wage.
It was Jacques Sarrazin who was instructed to decorate the Pavillon de l'Horloge of the former Palais du Louvre that had been constructed by the architect Jacques Lemercier a few years prior and he commissioned two sculptors to produce the works, one of which was Phillippe de Buster, who often worked alongside Jacques Sarrazin, and this set of caryatids located to the far right hand side below the pediment, were sculpted back in 1638.
Pavillon de l'Horloge translates in English to Clock Pavilion, and this can be seen from the courtyard of The Louvre called the Cour Carree, and as you can see this central pavilion has a passage way leading to the Cour Napoleon where the pyramids and main entrance to the museum are located, yet sometimes this particular part of the former royal palace is referred to as the Pavillon Lemercier, after the architect who constructed it.
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