HD photographs of Saint Mathieu statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 999



We were in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris at the Eglise de la Madeleine, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue depicting Saint Mathieu, which was sculpted by Louis Desprez.

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Saint Mathieu statue on N facade of Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
This first HD photo shows a statue within a niche on the facade of the Madeleine church that was commissioned to Louis Desprez by the French state, and sculpted in 1837, this depicts Saint Mathieu, which in English is Saint Matthew, and can be seen on the back facade with three other Evangelists.
Saint Mathieu statue by sculptor Louis Desprez
Here you can see a close up showing the detailing on the top part of the Saint Mathieu statue, which was produced by Louis Desprez who was born in Paris in 1799 and studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts to become a French sculptor, he won the Prix de Rome in 1826, which then led to numerous different commissions and orders.

Many of his statues and sculptures can be found within museums in France, yet others can be seen at tourist attractions around Paris such as The Louvre along with numerous figures for churches including this one and on the Eglise Saint Germain l'Auxerrois.
Saint Mathieu statue inscription, Madeleine Church, Paris
But here you can see a close up photograph showing the name inscribed on the base of the statue depicting Saint Matthew, which of course is written in French, and initially he was a tax collector, yet became classed as a disciple of Jesus after his calling.

And referred to as the Patron Saint of Bankers, his feast day according to Roman Catholic religion is 21st September, although there are no records to define this as the date of his passing, but he is venerated as a Saint in other religions as well such as Eastern Orthodox and Anglican churches, yet the feast day is different.

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