HD photographs of Saint Marc statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 997

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 Marc, which was sculpted by Henri Lemaire.

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Saint Marc statue on Eglise de la Madeleine North facade
In this first HD photo you can see a statue depicting Saint Marc, which in English is spelt Saint Mark, who is said to have written the second Gospel, known as the Gospel of Mark, but in the New testament it is sometimes referred to as John Mark, and hence why this man is often portrayed writing.
Saint Marc statue by sculptor Henri Lemaire
This statue of Saint Marc on the Eglise de la Madeleine was commissioned to the French sculptor Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire who was born in 1798 and initially worked as a notary to earn a living while studying art, eventually getting a scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Yet the most important and recognised work of Henri Lemaire was the pediment called The Last Judgement, also on the Madeleine Church, however, other statues and sculptures of his can be seen at other tourist attractions like the Jardin du Luxembourg, Arc de Triomphe, Chateau de Versailles, Palais de Justice and the Palais du Louvre.
Saint Marc statue in niche on Eglise de la Madeleine
You will find that Saint Mark is also referred to as Mark the Evangelist, and there are actually four Evangelist statues located within niches on the wall of the back facade of the Madeleine Church, which can be seen between the columns making up a portico, and this particular one of Saint Marc was sculpted by Henri Lemaire in 1839.
Lion statue the feet of Saint Marc statue
Now this close up photo shows a lion next to the foot of Saint Mark, which is a symbol associated with him, as according to legend he was thrown to the lions, but rather than the lions attacking him and killing him, they laid down beside Saint Mark while he petted them, and when the Romans saw this, he was released.
North facade of Eglise de la Madeleine with Saint Mark statue, Paris
However, here you can see the entire back facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine, which was originally meant to be a temple with its Corinthian columns, but it became consecrated as a church in 1842, and in order to speed up the process of completing this iconic building, there were thirty different sculptors commissioned by the French state to produce the statues.

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