HD photographs of Le Jugement Dernier sculpture on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 965

While at the Eglise de la Madeleine in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, we took these high definition photos showing the pediment sculpture called Le Jugement Dernier, which was sculpted by Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire.

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Le Jugement Dernier, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
Le Jugement Dernier is a biblical scene that was sculpted for the top pediment of the Madeleine Church, and in English this translates to The Last Judgement, which was first sculpted as a plaster model now held at the Musee de Valenciennes, prior to the stone full size sculpture you can see in this first HD panoramic photo.

In fact there was a competition instigated between 1828 and 1829 to choose who would sculpt this pediment, and out of the twenty-seven competitors that entered, which included Francois rude, it was Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire who was chosen, due to the artistic policy that this high relief demonstrated during the July Monarchy.
Le Jugement Dernier sculpture by Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire
Now this next close up photo shows a part of the high relief with Christ as the main figure in the centre of the Pediment, which is called a Fronton in French, and on either side of Christ you can see two archangels, with the one to the right depicting Saint Michel and Mary Magdalene kneeling in front looking up.

And this sculpture was completed in 1833 by Henri Lemaire, as he was known, and even though King Louis Philippe had asked for the model, the artist donated it to the museum of his home town of Valenciennes, which is where you can find many of his works, although he worked on many tourist attractions in Paris including The Louvre, Gare de Nord, Palais de Justice, etc.
Main South facade, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
Yet we took this photograph from the intersection of the Rue Royale and the Boulevard de la Madeleine showing the entire front of the Eglise de la Madeleine with its Corinthian style columns supporting The Last Judgement elaborate top pediment, which was designed as a Greek Temple and provides an idea as to the size of the fronton known in French as Le Jugement Dernier, along with the colossal undertaking by artist Henri Lemaire.

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