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HD photographs of the RHS Caryatid sculpture on the south facade of Pavillon Turgot - Page 556

Again we were looking at the Pavillon Turgot from the Cour Napoleon courtyard of Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a caryatid sculpted by Eugene Guillaume.

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RHS Caryatid Pavillon Turgot South Facade

Now a caryatid, spelt cariatide in French, is a sculpted female figure that is designed as an architectural support in place of a column or pillar, and as you can see in this first HD photo, they also have an entablature resting on their head, but unfortunately, they do not always have a specific name.

Caryatid Sculpture By Eugene Guillaume

So this close up of the caryatid shows the detailing that went into producing this ornate support sculpture, and these types of statues date as far back as the 6th century BC with one of the most famous examples being located in Athens, yet the caryatid you can see in this image was only put in place in 1857 when the former Palais du Louvre was being renovated.

Pavillon Turgot South Facade Top Window

And during the renovations to this famous tourist attraction in Paris, there were hundreds of different French sculptors who worked on embellishments for the Musee du Louvre, and this caryatid, which is to the right hand side of the dormer window was produced by the prolific sculptor Eugene Guillaume, who also sculpted the opposite female figure and the top pediment for this pavilion.

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