HD photographs of Naiad or Water Nymph statue on Fontaine Medicis - Page 698



We were again admiring the Fontaine Medicis, which is located in the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a Naiad that was sculpted by Claude Ramey.

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Naiad or Water Nymph statue by sculptor Claude Ramey
This first HD photo shows the statue known as a Naiad, which is actually spelt Naiade in French, and in Greek mythology a Naiad is a Water Nymph who was a female spirit that presided over fresh water such as springs, fountains, brooks, wells, etc.

And this was sculpted by Claude Ramey when the Medici Fountain was moved to its current location in the 1800s to replace the original nymph statue that had been destroyed prior to the French Revolution.
Naiad statue on Fontaine Medicis in Luxembourg Gardens
Now this next photo shows the entire Fontaine Medicis, which is an historical water fountain that originally dates back to 1630 when Marie de Medici commissioned this as a grotto similar to one in Florence within the Boboli Gardens where she grew up as a child.

However, it has changed quite a bit over the centuries, yet what you will see today is how the Medici Fountain has been since the 1860s, and as we mentioned this Naiad located to the left of the pediment was sculpted by Claude Ramey who was born in Dijon in 1754 and became a French sculptor.

Claude Ramey won the Prix de Rome in 1782, which meant that he could further his studies at the Villa Medici in Italy, and upon his return to Paris started receiving public commissions including a statue of Napoleon I, bas reliefs for the Colonne Vendome, which is another tourist attraction in Paris, and of course this Naiad located on the Fontaine Medicis.

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