HD photographs of Saint Jerome statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 981



We were at the Eglise de la Madeleine in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Saint Jerome, which was produced by the sculptor Lanno.

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Saint Jerome statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
When the Eglise de la Madeleine was being rebuilt, Napoleon Bonaparte wanted this to be like a temple, yet during the reign of King Louis XVIII it was decided that it would a church, and it was at this time the architect, Jacques-Marie Huve decided to add saints to the facades, including the one of Saint Jerome that you can see in this first HD photo.
Saint Jerome with book statue by sculptor Lanno
Then this next close up photograph shows the statue of Saint Jerome depicted reading a book, because in Roman Catholic religion he is classed as the Patron Saint of Translators, Librarians and Encyclopaedists, and this was made of stone by a French sculptor called Lanno.

Yet there were actually thirty different sculptors commissioned by the French state to produce the different statues for Madeleine church, so that these could be put in place quickly, which was between the years of 1837 and 1841, but unfortunately, we have been unable to find any information about this particular artist.
Saint Jerome statue base inscription
But getting back to Saint Jerome, he was born in around 347 becoming a priest, theologian and historian who was also a prolific writer, and travelling to Rome he learnt Latin, which led to him translating the Bible into Latin, that became his most important achievement and his feast day is 30th September, the date he is recorded to have died near Bethlehem in 420.

In fact, the late 4th century translation of the Bible into Latin by Saint Jerome became known as the Vulgate used for over 1000 years before it even became the official Bible of the Catholic Church in the 16th century, and this became the version used for translations from Latin into English for the Catholic religion, although there have been things altered and revised over the centuries.
West facade Eglise de la Madeleine and Saint Jerome statue
Yet this image shows the location of the Saint Jerome statue by Lanno positioned within a niche on the western portico of the Eglise de la Madeleine, and as you are walking down the side of the church from the front, you will see that this is the eight statue from the right hand side.

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