HD photographs of Saint Marcel statue at Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris - Page 1142

We took these high definition photos showing a statue of Saint Marcel, which was sculpted by Louis Desprez and is located on the Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.

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Saint Marcel statue, Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, Paris
This first HD photo shows different saints located within niches on a pillar of the Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois that was once the parish church for the kings of France who resided at the Palais du Louvre opposite, and the Saint Marcel statue was sculpted in stone between the years 1841 and 1842.
Bishop of Paris, Saint Marcel with staff statue by Louis Desprez
Now this particular statue of Saint Marcel on the Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois Church was sculpted by Louis Desprez who was born in Paris in 1799 and studied under Francois Joseph Bosio to become a French sculptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1826, which led to numerous public commissions for statues and sculptures.

Having present works at the Paris Salons throughout his career, many of these pieces can now be found within museums throughout France, yet you can also discover statues by Louis Desprez at tourist attractions such as several churches, The Louvre, Jardin des Champs Elysees, Palais Bourbon, etc.
St Marcel inscription on facade of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois Church
You will find that Saint Marcel was born on the Ile de la Cite in Paris and became the ninth Bishop of Paris, and there is a wonderful legend that surrounds him, as he is supposed to have defeated a dragon who would pray on women of easy virtue, with one blow of his stick, and hence why this statue is portrayed with him carrying a stick, yet the proper name for this is a staff or crosier.

As you can see in this photograph showing the base of the statue his name is spelt Saint Marcel, but sometimes known as Saint Marcellus, he chaired the Paris Council between 360 and 361 AD and died in the 430s then being canonized as a saint, yet Marcel also became one of the three Patron Saints of Paris alongside Saint Genevieve and Saint Denis, and in Roman Catholic tradition his feast day is 1st November.

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