HD photographs of Caryatid sculptures on Pavillon de l'Horloge facade first on LHS - Page 1042
Again we were in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Musee du Louvre, when we took these high definition photos showing a set of Caryatides, which were sculpted by Gilles Guerin.
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This first HD photo shows a set of Caryatids, spelt cariatides in French, that were sculpted in stone as female figures designed as architectural supports to support an entablature on their heads, which in turn supports the pediment above, rather than using standard, boring columns.
You will find that after the design had been drawn by Jacques Sarrazin, these were sculpted back in 1638 by Gilles Guerin, who was born in Paris in 1611 and became a French sculptor, mainly recognised for his tomb sculptures and decorative elements on the outside and inside of royal castles, like the Palais du Louvre and the Chateau de Versailles.
So this photograph shows the position of the caryatids on the third level below the pediment of the Pavillon de l'Horloge, and as you can tell, this particular set is located to the far left hand side, yet Gilles Guerin also sculpted the set next to these as well, although it was a different artist who produced the right hand side two sets of caryatids.
But here you can see the entire Pavillon de l'Horloge, sometimes named Pavillon Lemercier after the architect who constructed this historical wing, although it was a few years after its completion that the embellishments and decorations were added to this facade of the Louvre Museum.
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