HD photographs of Melpomene statue on Aile de Flore at Musee du Louvre - Page 666
This time while we were at the Musee du Louvre we took these high definition photos showing a statue called Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy, which is located on the Aile de Flore and was sculpted by Gustave Crauk.
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Here you can see the statue of Melpomene, which is an allegory depicting the Muse of Singing, however, she became more well known as the Muse of Tragedy, which is why Melpomene is often sculpted holding a tragic mask like you can see in this HD photo.
Now, as you can tell, this allegorical statue of Melpomene is located above a balcony on the second level of the Aile de Flore wing, and when you are looking at this facade of the former Palais du Louvre from the Cour du Carrousel courtyard, you will see this statue positioned in a niche, fourth from the right hand side.
So this close up image shows the detailing that went into producing this sculpture of Melpomene including the tragic mask she is holding, which was produced by Gustave Adolphe Desire Crauk, sometimes spelt Crauck, who was born in Valenciennes in 1827 and entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1845 studying to become a French sculptor.
Gustave Crauk won the Prix de Rome in 1851 and after this started to receive several orders from the French state and the City of Paris with several for The Louvre, numerous busts that can be found at the Chateaux de Versailles and other works for churches and different tourist attractions.
And he had a very successful, long career, donating several works to his home town in order to set up a museum, which was inaugurated in 1903, but Gustave Crauk did not pass away until 1905 and his name still lives on, although his works have now been combined with another famous French sculptor at the Fine Arts Museum in Valenciennes.
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