HD photographs of Saint Agnes statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 1007

We were in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris at the Eglise de la Madeleine, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue depicting Saint Agnes, which was sculpted by Jean Bernard Duseigneur.

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Saint Agnes statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
This first HD photo shows a statue of Saint Agnus located within a niche on the facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine, which was commissioned by the French state, and produced in stone back in 1839, this is one of thirty-four different statues all portraying saints.
Saint Agnes with a lamb statue by Jean Bernard Duseigneur
Here you can see a close up photograph showing some of the detailing with Saint Agnus holding a lamb, which was produced by Jean Bernard Duseigneur who was born in Paris in 1808 and entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts studying to become a French sculptor.

Exhibiting works at the Paris Salons, Jean Bernard Duseigneur became well recognised and received numerous public commissions for tourist attractions such as The Louvre, churches like the Eglise Saint Roch and Tour Saint Jacques, along with many busts, some of which are now found at the Chateau de Versailles.
Saint Agnes inscribed on statue base
But getting back to this statue of St Agnes, in art she is always depicted as a young girl normally holding a lamb, which is a symbol of purity, and according to legend she was a beautiful girl from a wealthy family who wanted to remain pure, but perspective husbands got annoyed with her wishes and she was killed at the age of around 12 or 13.

Some accounts say that she was dragged through the streets naked and men that tried to rape her became instantly blind, so Agnes became a virgin martyr upon her death in 304, and venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic church, she is the patron saint of young girls, chastity and rape survivors, with her feast day being 21st January.
East facade Eglise de la Madeleine and Saint Agnes statue
So here you can see the location of the Saint Agnes statue with her holding a palm branch, which is a symbol used for many martyrs, and positioned within a niche on the portico facade of the Madeleine church, you can see the statue by looking between the Corinthian columns from the Place de la Madeleine.

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