HD photographs of City of Rouen statue at Place de la Concorde - Page 1049



While we were in the 8th Arrondissement at the Place de la Concord, we took these high definition photos showing a statue called Rouen, which was sculpted by Jean-Pierre Cortot.

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City of Rouen statue by Jean-Pierre Cortot
The Place de la Concorde was originally designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 during the reign of King Louis XV and named in his honour, however, it was redesigned by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, which is when monumental statues were added to the square, including the one you can see in this first HD photo called Rouen.
Head and castle crown Of the Rouen statue in Paris
There are eight statues in total on the points of the octagonal shaped square, which all have specific attributes including a crown designed like a castle positioned on top of the female figure with her fancy, yet formal hair and four different sculptors were commissioned to produce two of these statues each.
Front of City of Rouen statue at Place de la Concorde
Now the statues themselves along with the small pavilions were actually designed by Jacques-Ignace Hittorff who was born in 1792 and became a French architect who designed many buildings in Paris including those surrounding the Arc de Triomphe along with the Gare du Nord, Cirque d'Hiver, plus he was part of the team that designed the Grand Hotel du Louvre.
Rouen statue on Guardhouse by Jacques Ignace Hittorff
The eight statues of the Place de la Concorde are allegorical statues of seated female figures designed to represent cities in France, with this one being Rouen, yet the small pavilions that the statues are positioned on top of are also known as Guerite de Gabriel, which in English translates to Guardhouse of Gabriel, named after the original architect of the Place de la Concorde, Ange-Jacques Gabriel.
Front and left side of Rouen statue and Gabriel Guardhouse
One of the design concepts by Jacques Ignace Hittorff was to place a Gabriel Guardhouse with a statue representing a city of France in a position that would correspond with the area of the country where it is located and therefore, the geographical location of Rouen is to the far north west of the Place de la Concorde.
Front and right side of the City of Rouen statue
Therefore this statue of Rouen is furthest away from the River Seine and nearest to the Hotel de Crillon, which is on the side of the square nearest to the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees and its gardens, which was sculpted in 1836 by Jean-Pierre Cortot.
Rouen statue with cadaceus representing wealth
And here you can see additional attributes that Jean-Pierre Cortot implemented into the allegorical statue of Rouen, with a shield in one hand representing a weapon of the city, along with a caduceus in the female figures left hand, which is an ancient astrological symbol of commerce, although it is also associated with medicine, however the caduceus here is designed to represent the wealth of Rouen
Rouen inscription on statue base
So here you can see the name of Rouen located on the top of the Guerite de Gabriel pavilion below the front of the statue, which as we mentioned before, was produced by Jean-Pierre Cortot who was born in Paris in 1787 and studied to become a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1809, and eventually after returning to Paris in 1819, he started to receive numerous public commissions.
Right side of City of Rouen statue and stone shield
Jean-Pierre Cortot was not only commissioned for this City of Rouen statue, but also the one for the City of Brest, also located at the Place de la Concorde, yet you can also see other works of his on famous tourist attractions such as the Arce de Triomphe, Palais Bourbon, Place des Vosges and within the Chapelle Expiatoire, along with others held within museums such as the famous Louvre.
Place de la Concorde with City of Rouen statue
Yet this photograph shows more of the Place de la Concorde as we were looking towards the City of Rouen statue by Jean-Pierre Cortot and past this to the Hotel de Crillon, which at the time was closed for major renovations, so hence why there was an artificial facade put up for the pleasure of tourists, rather than seeing building work on this historical square in Paris.

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