HD photographs of Saint Therese statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 1027



Again we were at the Eglise de la Madeleine in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue depicting Saint Therese, which was sculpted by Jean-Jacques Feuchere.

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Niche with Saint Therese statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
The Eglise de la Madeleine was originally designed to be a temple, but after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte it was decided that it would become a church dedicated to Mary Magdalene, and when the first architect died, Jacques Marie Huve took over the construction and decided to add an iconography of saints on the exterior facades of the church.
Nun Saint Therese statue by Jean-Jacques Feuchere
Therefore, the statue you can see in this close up HD photo depicts Sainte Therese, which in English is Saint Teresa, and this was produced by Jean-Jacques Feuchere who was born in Paris in 1807, and although he did not attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts, he became recognised and received many public commissions.

In fact, you can find many different statues by Jean-Jacques Feuchere at tourist attractions such as on a fountain in the Place de la Concorde, Palais Bourbon, Pont d'Iena, Jardin du Luxembourg, this one on the Eglise de la Madeleine and a sculpture for the Arc de Triomphe to name a few.
Base inscribed Saint Therese for Madeleine Church statue
The statue of Sainte Therese was produced in 1840 and presented at the Salon for French artists prior to being installed on the Madeleine Church, however, we have been unable to determine which Saint Teresa this is, as one is called Saint Teresa of Avila, also referred to as Saint Teresa of Jesus born in the 1500s, whereas the other is Saint Theresa of Portugal, Queen of Leon, born in the late 1100s.

Yet there are actually other saints with the name Saint Teresa, however, these people have been classed as saints well after this particular stone statue was sculpted, yet the two we mentioned above were also both nuns, and hence how she has been presented, so this makes deciphering which one it is even more difficult.
East facade Eglise de la Madeleine and Saint Therese statue
But this photograph shows the location of the Sainte Therese statue located within a niche on the eastern facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine, which can be seen from the square while looking between the Corinthian columns.

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