Sunday, May 29, 2011

Église Saint Roch - Nativity II

In December, Holly and I stayed at Janeen's apartment as you may remember and Église Saint Roch was directly across the narrow street from our large windows. In April when I returned to Janeen's apartment, Marie and I attended an evening Palm Sunday service. You may recall the view of the altar from my previous post shown below. Just before the evening service we had the opportunity to photograph the Nativity from a different angle. This marble sculpture of Michel Anguier dates from 1665.*

Only by getting this close can one appreciate the fine details and that small delicate hand reaching upward.

Bon dimanche

*(Merci, Starman for the artist's name)


Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes, Genie! That little hand was the first thing I noticed! What an incredible capture and what an exquisite sculpture! Thank you so much for the beauty to end my day! Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!!


Malyss said...

Genius is often hidden in that kind of details. And the light here is absolutely poetic..
have a nice sunday, dear Genie!

Cezar and Léia said...

I love the angle in this picture, the sculpture is dramatic and your picture is beautiful!

biebkriebels said...

It is an amazing photo, so beautiful. You can hardly believe this is marble.

Joe said...

Sculpture is one of my favorite art forms. How the sculptor can carve negative space baffles me.

brattcat said...

fabulous point of view here!

EG Wow said...

I very much like the light in this photo!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Brilliant shot of this opulent interior.Light seems to caress the marble sculpture making it appear almost translucent.
Lovely reclining angel in the background relief.....and the colours,subtle and beautiful.

Bon dimanche Genie,

Louise said...

I do so love Eglise St Roch. What beautiful lighting you've captured here. That tiny hand stands out perfectly.

cieldequimper said...

Angle superbe.
Bon Memorial Weekend !

Picturit said...

The talent of these sculptures amazes me their work is so delicate. Love your photo you have captured the scene expertly.

Anonymous said...

Hands are some of the most exquisite parts of Baroque sculpture. I adore how you captured them here!

PS: I agree. Better the French wine and the sweet husband--I hope your weekend has been fabulous.

Jack said...

Marvelous shot, Genie. Your perspective and the shadows it offers make the shot much more special than a customary straight-on shot. Nice!

My word verification is "pationsm." I think that means hanging around on your patio on a long holiday weekend.

Virginia said...

The light is just perfect my dear.

This is Belgium said...

Beautiful scene, beautiful detail

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh I love the light shining on the hand as it reaches up, so moving. Hope you had a good week end Genie.
Best wishes

TheChieftess said...

Details could be the theme today Genie! Mine and several other blogs are paying attention to details today!

This is absolutely lovely...the lighting, the angle, the muted colors, the subject... wonderful!

Starman said...

Michel Anguier was quite a gifted artist.

Rebecca said...

Nice perspective on this shot.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sylvia -- Thank you so very much as I feel the same about the sculpture... I missed the detail when I took the December photo. Have a wonderful week!

Malyss -- I am always amazed at the art ever present in the Paris churches... Merci, mon amie

Léia -- Merci, I felt as if I had walked in on an action scene just unfolding

biebkriebels -- I agree and wonder how it is possible to create such works from stone

Joe -- I am baffled along with you, my friend.

brattcat -- Merci, and have a good week

EG -- Many thanks... nothing a photographer likes better than to have the perfect light for a shot

Ruby -- I do love the translucent quality of ages-old marble. The angel in the rotunda was a bonus treat. Thank you for your kind words

Louise -- The little hand and toes almost seem life-like. Merci, mon amie.

cieldequimper -- Merci, we will enjoy a holiday tomorrow!

Picturit -- So many of the tiny details are rarely seen in this setting. It has been enjoyed by many over its 350 years... amazing!

AA -- The hands are very real and I think of Rodan.

Jack -- I was glad to be able to get behind this sculpture... Merci

Virginia -- Some days the light works for us, n'est-ce pas.

anni -- Merci, and have a good week!

Grace -- I have enjoyed the weekend and I hope the same for you... merci!

Chieftess -- Off to check on yours... merci!

Starman -- You are a great researcher and I added to the text... Merci!

Rebecca -- Merci beaucoup!

Randy said...

Wow that is just an amazing close up. I love this photo.

Rob-bear said...

Une photo brillante, Génie!

Bon dimanche.

JM said...

Genie, the top shot is outstanding! You've done a great job, the composition is brilliant.

M said...

That tiny baby hand just made me gasp! Exquisite photo.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- Merci, and I am glad that you have safely returned

Bear! -- Merci, and so glad to see you again!

JM -- Merci, it was one of those shots of just being in the right place at the right time...

Marie -- So glad that we went to church that night at the end of a very full day in Paris, mon amie!

Rob and Mandy said...

Fantastic shot, love the angle!

ANNE said...

What a gorgeous photo-- the lighting is so lovely. I'm delighted you visited me so that I could discover your delightful blog in return! I lived in France as a child and visited Paris several times, its style stayed in my heart.