HD photographs of Saint Francois de Sales statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 1017



We were admiring the Eglise de la Madeleine located in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Saint Francois de Sales, which was sculpted by Dominique Mahlknecht.

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Saint Francois de Sales statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
This first HD photo shows a statue depicting Saint Francois de Sales, which is spelt Saint Francis de Sales in English, and born into a noble family in 1567 he initially followed his fathers footsteps to become a lawyer and politician, yet converted to Christianity and became a priest, then the Bishop of Geneva.

Saint Francis de Sales was proclaimed the Patron Saint of Writers and Journalists in 1923 by Pope Pius XI due to his works like the most famous called the Introduction to the Devout Life that was focused towards laypeople, yet he is also the Patron Saint of Deaf People because he developed a form of sign language to teach a deaf person about God.
Saint Francois de Sales statue by Dominique Mahlknecht
Now this stone statue was produced in 1839 by Dominique Mahlknecht who was of Italian origin born in 1793, yet settled as a sculptor in France where he received numerous commissions for statues and sculptures, especially for churches including this one on the Eglise de la Madeleine, with his works being found all over the country.

However, we would like to point out that the name of this artist is actually spelt in several different ways including Dominique Molknecht and Malknecht, rather than Mahlknecht, although his full name was Johann Dominik Mahlknecht, and becoming a French National he died in Paris in 1876.
St Francois de Sales inscription on statue pedestal
Yet this close up photograph shows the pedestal base of the statue depicting Saint Francis de Sales, who was beatified by Pope Alexander VII in the January of 1661 and then canonized as a saint in the April of 1665 by the same Pope, also being declared a Doctor of the Church in 1877 by Pope Pius IX.

The feast day for Saint Francis de Sales was inserted into the General Roman Calendar in 1666 and given the date of 29th January, however, after a revision in 1969 this was changed to 24th January, which was the day of his burial back in 1624 and is now the official day in the Roman Catholic Church for his celebration, although some traditionalists still recognise the original date
Eglise de la Madeleine E facade portico and St Francois de Sales statue
You will find that there are actually 34 statues of saints commissioned by the French state located on the portico facades of the Madeleine Church, and this particular one of Saint Francois de Sales can be seen between the Corinthian columns on the eastern side of the church from the Place de la Madeleine.

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