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HD photographs of Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Baby Jesus Statue group inside Eglise Saint-Roch - Page 1093

We were at the Eglise Saint-Roch in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue group called Nativite, which was sculpted by Michel Anguier.

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Nativite Statue Inside Chapel Of The Virgin At Eglise Saint-Roch

This first HD photo shows a statue group called Nativite, which in English translates to Nativity, and comprised of three individual statues, this represents the Holy Family of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Jesus Christ shortly after his birth, that was originally commissioned by Queen Anne of Austria on 25th March 1665.

Virgin Mary Statue From Nativite Statue Group In Eglise Saint-Roch

Originally the Nativity scene was commissioned to adorn the high altar of the Eglise du Val-de-Grace and the church was then dedicated to the glory of Jesus rising and to the Virgin Mother, in gratitude for the long awaited birth of the future King Louis XIV, and this impressive group was sculpted in Carrara marble that comes from quarries in a place in Italy with the same name, which was the preferred choice of material for sculptors at that time.

Saint Joseph Statue From The Nativite Statue Group

The Nativite was produced by Michel Anguier was born in 1612 and was the younger brother of the sculptor Francois Anguier and both furthered their studies on Rome, and when Michel Anguier returned to Paris, France he became the most recognised out of the two, receiving many commissions including decorating the private apartments for Anne of Austria at the Palais du Louvre, along with this statue group, which is classed as his masterpiece.

Baby Jesus Statue In The Centre Of Nativite Statue Group

Here you can see a close up photograph showing baby Jesus placed on a modest table sheltering the tabernacle, with Jesus revealing his divine nature, and according to an original iconography, Michel Anguier depicted the child removing the cloth from himself, rather than being revealed by the Virgin, which was put pride of place within the Val-de-Grance Church on 5th September 1668 along with the statues of Mary and Joseph, where it remained for over a century.

Back Of Nativite Statue Group By French Sculptor Michel Anguier

However, the Eglise du Val-de-Grace was close in 1790 and all of the decorations and furniture were dispersed, and the Enfant Jesus entered the Musee des Monuments Francais on 7th April 1795, followed by the statues of La Vierge and Saint Joseph on 28th May 1796, prior to then being attributed to the Eglise Saint-Roch after numerous statuary had been destroyed during the French Revolution.

Chapel Of The Virgin With Its Carrara Marble Nativite Statue Group

The first statue of the Nativity to arrive at the Saint-Roch Church was that of Saint Joseph on 28th March 1805, which was then followed by the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ on 6th May 1805, where they were then positioned on the high alter of the Chapel of the Virgin, which is where they remain today underneath the Divine Glory sculpture, that you can also see in this photo.

Tourist Information Board For Nativite Statue Group

So here you can see the tourist information board relating to the Nativite that was produced in conjunction with the famous Louvre Museum and provides more information about the Carrera marble statue group that was classed as an historical monument on 20th February 1905.

Virgin Mary With Baby Jesus Statues Inside Eglise Saint-Roch

However, the story of this impressive statue group does not end there, because the Val-de-Grace Church that was transformed into a military hospital during the French Revolution was restored and made back into a church, and they requested the return of The Nativity from the Eglise Saint-Roch, yet the successor to Claude Marie Marduel, the Paris Priest Nicolas Theodore Olivier, refused to relinquish Nativite.

Saint Joseph With Baby Jesus Statues Inside Eglise Saint-Roch

And therefore Napoleon III ordered an exact copy of the Nativity statue group in 1869 for the Eglise du Val-de-Grace, but the original historical monument by Michel Anguier can still be seen in all its splendour within La Chapelle de la Vierge at the Eglise Saint-Roch, which is located on the Rue Saint-Honore in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.

Other Eglise Saint-Roch statues and sculptures

  -  Les Peres de l’Eglise statue
  -  Sainte Clotilde statue
  -  Saint Roch statue
  -  Saint Honore statue
  -  La Fontaine Baptismale
  -  Baptism of Jesus statue
  -  Mme la Live de Jully medallion
  -  Pierre Mignard monument
  -  Saint Rita of Cascia statue
  -  La Pieta statue
  -  Sainte Barbe statue
  -  Monument de l'Abbe de l'Epee
  -  Saint Jerome statue
  -  historical bishop statue
  -  Gilded Gloire Divine sculpture
  -  Saint Andre statue
  -  Jesus au jardin des oliviers statue
  -  Andre Le Notre statue
  -  Pulpit sculptures
  -  Saint Michael statue
  -  Jesus trahi par Judas sculpture
  -  Saint Joseph statue
  -  Saint Expedit statue
  -  Monument du Henri de Lorraine
  -  Charles, Duc de Crequy Monument
  -  Jesus devant Caiphe sculpture
  -  Sainte Jeanne d'Arc statue
  -  Jesus Accable d'Outrages sculpture
  -  Francois de Crequy bust
  -  Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis monument
  -  Music Lectern and eagle statue
  -  Sainte Genevieve statue
  -  Saint Jean Vianney Cure d'Ars statue
  -  Saint Francis de Sales statue
  -  Jesus Couronne d'Epines sculpture
  -  Saint kneeling statue
  -  Saint Gregoire le Grand statue
  -  Jesus Presente au Peuple sculpture
  -  Sainte Anne statue
  -  Jesus Condamne a Mort sculpture
  -  Saint Anthony of Padua statue
  -  Jesus Portant sa Croix sculpture
  -  Claude Francois Bidal sculpture
  -  Cardinal Guillaume Dubois monument
  -  Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque statue
  -  Fathers of the Church statue
  -  Wall of the Deportation
  -  Crucifixion of Jesus statue

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Joan of Arc statue
  -  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  -  Tuileries Gardens
  -  Musee du Louvre
  -  Place des Victoires
  -  Colonne Vendome
  -  Place de la Concorde

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