HD photographs of La France de Louis XIV statue on the Pont Alexandre III - Page 553



This time while we were at the Pont Alexandre III we took these high definition photos showing the statue called La France de Louis XIV, which was sculpted by Laurent Marqueste.

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France de Louis XIV statue by Laurent Marqueste
So this fist HD photo shows an allegorical statue called La France de Louis XIV, which relates to a period in French history when Louis XIV was king, and he was the longest reigning monarch of any European country from the mid 1600s right through to when he passed away in 1715.
France de Louis XIV Pont Alexandre III NW column
Here you can see the entire column, which is an impressive 17 metres in height with the Renommee de l'Industrie golden statue on top and La France de Louis XIV below, and this is located on the left bank in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris and is on the left hand side as you are looking at the bridge from the Quai d'Orsay.
La France de Louis XIV statue east side
But this next high definition photograph is looking up to the France of Louis XIV statue and the golden angel in the hand, which matches the gilding on the top of the sword held in the right hand and the statue of Pegasus held by Fame at the top of the column.
Pont Alexandre III La France de Louis XIV
Yet this image shows a different angle again of the statue called La France de Louis XIV, and it actually faces towards Les Invalides, which is where you will find the Eglise du Dome and the Tomb of Napoleon, that was originally constructed as a hospital and retirement home for French soldiers.
Stone statue La France de Louis XIV
You will find that there were numerous different artists who were commissioned to produce different sculptures and statues for the Pont Alexandre III, which is referred to as the most ornate bridge in Paris, and inaugurated for the 1900 Universal Exposition, this has been classified as an historical monument since 1975.
Gilded statue on France de Louis XIV sculpture
And La France de Louis XIV was produced by Laurent Honore Marqueste who was born in Toulouse in 1848 and went to Paris to become a French sculptor, entering the Ecole des Beaux arts and the workshops of Francois Jouffroy and Alexandre Falguiere, winning the Prix de Rome in 1871.
La France de Louis XIV statue west side
Laurent Marqueste then started to receive many different public commissions for statues and sculptures including this one you can see here, but many others can be found on or in famous tourist attractions in Paris including the Hotel de Ville, the Musee d'Orsay, the Tuileries Gardens and Luxembourg Gardens, etc.
Statue group La France de Louis XIV
So this is just one of the four allegory statues on the Pont Alexandre III, and each one represents a different time line in French history on the four columns that help to support the bridge by acting as counterweights, and the other three are in a similar style, but were sculpted by different artists, and all were inaugurated in the April of 1900 when this bridge over the River Seine first opened.

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