HD photographs of L'Ange Gardien statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 993



This time while we were at the Eglise de la Madeleine in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, we took these high definition photos showing a statue called L'Ange Gardien, which was sculpted by Francisque Duret.

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L'Ange Gardien statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
You will see that this first HD photo of a statue located within a niche on the Madeleine Church has a name of L'Ange Gardien, which depicts a Guardian Angel, however, some places actually have this listed as Angel Gabriel, and of course this is completely incorrect.
L'Ange Gardien statue By Francisque Joseph Duret
Yet here is a close up photograph with the detailing that went into producing this L'Ange Gardien statue, which was by Francisque Duret who was born in Paris in 1804 and the son of a sculptor, although he intended to have a career within the theatre, Francsque Joseph Duret eventually entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts, going on to win the Prix de Rome in 1823.
Eglise de la Madeleine with Guardian Angel statue
Now this statue of L'Ange Guardian on the Eglise de la Madeleine was one of numerous commissions that Francisque Joseph Duret received from the French State and the City of Paris to adorn famous tourist attractions, with others to be found in Paris on different churches, the Palais du Louvre, Comedie Francais, Jardin du Luxembourg, etc.
L'Ange Gardien pedestal inscription
But this close up photo shows the inscription on the pedestal base of the statue depicting a Guardian Angel, and in 2014 within a speech during Mass conducted by Pope Francis at the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels he stated; According to Church tradition, we all have an angel with us, who guards us..., which is a belief that can be traced back through the ages.
West facade Madeleine Church and Guardian Angel statue, Paris
So, on the Eglise de la Madeleine there are three archangels and a guardian angel located at the borders of the porticos, which is a part of the traditional iconography, and one of thirty-four statues on the facade along with great saints of the Church, yet others were more directed to the Orleans family, as it was King Louis Philippe who was reigning when these including the Guardian Angel were sculpted.

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