LE PENSEUR DE NOTRE DAME.

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John Taylor Arms

Artist's Biography

Le Penseur de Notre Dame.

Etching, 1923.
Image size 12 3/8 x 9 7/8" (31.5 x 25.1 cm).
Good condition, save for minor light discoloration.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 2339
Price: $5,500.00
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This beloved chimera has been perched on the western balustrade of Notre Dame de Paris since the 1843-64 renovation by the great architect(s) Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and his partner Jean-Baptiste Lassus. “The team replaced destroyed sculptures of the west facade, provided a new steeple, reconstructed the two transepts and transformed the appearance of flying buttresses on the exterior nave and choir, and supervised changes in the interior elevation. Working from earlier drawings and the imprints of claws of long gone creatures these two architects added a cast of fifty-four chimeras. In the Middle Ages, architects began to place sculptures of chimeras on cathedrals and churches, as it was believed their grotesque features would scare away evil spirits - even the devil. The chimera was therefore conceived to be a kind of architectural guard dog of holy places.” – Michael Camille Signed and dated in pencil. 20th Century Subjects , Town Views - Europe , France - Paris

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