HD photographs of Sainte Cecile statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 1023

We were at the Eglise de la Madeleine on the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue called Sainte Cecile, which was sculpted by Augustin Dumont.

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Sainte Cecile statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
This first HD photo shows a statue of Sainte Cecile, which in English is spelt Saint Cecelia and according to ancient stories she sung in her heart to God at her wedding asking to remain a virgin, and convincing her husband of her faith and dedication he was baptised, and they converted many people to Christianity, yet she was killed for doing so, meaning she became a martyr.
Sainte Cecile with instrument statue by Augustin Dumont
According to the stories her husband saw an angel beside her that crowned Saint Cecilia with a chaplet of roses and lilies, which is how she is depicted here, and because of the stories she became the Patroness of Musicians, with her feast day in Roman Catholic religion being 22nd November, and this day became an occasion for music festivals and concerts dating back many centuries, so hence the statue of Saint Cecilia is holding a musical instrument.
Sainte Cecile inscription on statue pedestal
In this close up photograph you can see the pedestal base of the stone statue with the name Sainte Cecile inscribed on it, and this is one of thirty-four different saints depicted on the exterior facades of the Eglise de la Madeleine that were commissioned by the French state, during the July Monarchy under the direction of architect Jacques Marie Huve and King Louis Philippe.
Madeleine Church Sainte Cecile statue with palm leaf
You will find that this statue was produced by Augustin Alexandre Dumont who was born in Paris in 1801 and initially studied in his fathers studio before entering the Ecole des Beaux Arts, winning the Prix de Rome in 1823, which meant he could further his studies as a French sculptor at the Villa Medici in Italy.

Upon his return from Rome, Augustin Dumont received numerous important public commissions with statues that can be found on tourist attraction all round Paris such as the Vendome Column, Genie of Liberty at the Bastille Square, Palais de Justice, Louvre Museum, Luxembourg Gardens, etc, and although he gave up sculpture in 1875 due to major health problems, he continued to teach until passing away in 1884.
East Facade Eglise de la Madeleine and Sainte Cecile statue
Yet this image shows the location of the Saint Cecelia statue positioned within a niche on the portico facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine with her holding a palm branch, a symbol used for a martyr, and this can be seen through the Corinthian columns of the church when standing in the square named after this famous edifice.

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