HD photographs of Saint Raphael statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 1005



This time while we were admiring the Eglise de la Madeleine, which is located in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Saint Raphael that was sculpted by Antoine Laurent Danton.

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Saint Raphael statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
Located within niches on the facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine you will discover numerous statues of saints, and in this first HD photo you can see the statue depicting Saint Raphael, which was commissioned by the French State and sculpted in 1839.
Saint Raphael statue by Antoine Laurent Danton
Saint Raphael is classed as an archangel and the patron saint of travellers, so he is often depicted holding a staff like you can see here, which was one of the attributes that Antoine Laurent Danton decided to incorporate within this statue.

Now Antoine Laurent Danton, who was born in 1798, is often referred to as Danton the Elder, and studying to become a French sculptor he won the Prix de Rome in 1828, which led to numerous public commissions for statues and busts of famous people, several of which can be found at tourist attractions such as the Chateau de Versailles and the Musee du Louvre.
Saint Raphael inscription on statue pedestal
But getting back to the statue of St Raphael on the Madeleine Church, as you can see in this close up photograph, the name has been inscribed on the pedestal base, and by his feet, there is a fish, which is another attribute that Antoine Laurent Danton put into this, due to the fact that this archangel is also often referred to as the protector of Catholic sailors and patron saint of the blind, with a tale in the Book of Tobit referring to Saint Raphael restoring sight to Tobit with a fish.

You will also find that in the Roman Catholic church the feast day for St Raphael was only added to the General Roman Calendar in 1921 on 24th October, yet in the 1969 revision it was changed to 29th September to coincide with the feast days of the archangels Saint Michael and Saint Gabriel, although in certain circumstances the feast day remains the same as the original entry.
East facade Eglise de la Madeleine with Saint Raphael statue
Yet in this image you can see the location of the Saint Raphael statue positioned within a niche on the portico of the Eglise de la Madeleine, and when you are looking at the eastern facade through the Corinthian columns while in the Place de la Madeleine, you will find this as the very first statue on the right hand side.

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