Sunday, August 19, 2012

Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois




What talent must one possess to carve such an intricate canopy of wood,
indeed two canopies complete with tassels, fringe and cherubs?



bon dimanche


Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois
2, place du Louvre
75001, Paris
Métro Louvre-Rivoli ou Pont Neuf



22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Amazing! And such incredible talent indeed! Wonderful capture for the day, Genie! Hope your weekend is going well! Enjoy!!

Hugs,
Sylvia

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good evening Genie,
This is absolutely breathtaking!
One of my favorite art forms..
I cannot even imagine the extent of time spent on this truly amazing work.

You are such a dear to come and visit.. Thank you so much for your kind words about my little birdies.

I am afraid they are all I have accomplished since I started to work on my kitchen.. My cabinets are done, now I am having fun now, doing some decorative work. When I started to sand prime and paint the cabinets, I knew I was in for alot of work.. I am so glad that part of it is done..
Wishing you a beautiful day tomorrow and thank you for sharing this beautiful work of art.
Fondly,
Penny

Randy said...

Amazing woodwork. I wish I had the patience to create work like this.

Palomasea said...

Incredible...truly leaves one speechless!
Thank you, dear friend, for your visit and beautiful, kind words!
Light and love,
- Irina

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:
These are simply wonderful carvings and remind us so much of those of the C17 English Grinling Gibbons.

Looking in churches is always such a rewarding experience and is something we very much enjoy doing. Indeed, we leave for Venice this coming week [please forgive some days of not commenting] where we are much looking forward to renewing acquaintance with many of the wonderful churches there which, as you will know, are rich in so much including paintings.

Thank you so much for the very generous comments left on our two last and recent posts and to which we have replied.

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

This is so stunning! A work of real magnitude. I love Grinling Gibbons too, and often visit his work at Hampton Court Palace. I keep thinking Grinling would be a great name for a cat! x

'Tsuki said...

As-tu vu les Templiers, alors ?!

Louis la Vache said...

It amazes «Louis» that the craftsmen who built these churches found wood (and stone) so malleable in thier hands. He wonders if we are still capable of such art today...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Stunning image Genie, such talent and patience can only be found in a true artiste I think..I just can't imagine working on something like this day after day.

Janey and Co. said...

I agree!

Birdman said...

What city is rain-clogged? Are you talking Paris or a US city?

Halcyon said...

So many details. It's not something I'd want in my home, but I can appreciate the craftsmanship. :)

Kristie Franklin said...

Absolutely stunning canopies. :) Very intricate and detailed.

Kristie Franklin said...

Absolutely stunning canopies. :) Very intricate and detailed.

Starman said...

Nothing less would do for royalty.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

I imagine a team of carvers were employed to carve this.The design is incredible! I like the way you've caught the stained glass shining through the screen.

Bon dimanche Genie,
Ruby

M said...

Absolutely exquisite ... Took my breath away!

Lisa Graham Art said...

I so agree with you...what talent!

Lisa Graham Art said...

I so agree with you...what talent!

Jack said...

The carving is spectacular, Genie.

Alexa said...

If this were Venice, they'd be carved in marble—but I'm absolutely impressed all the same!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bird, I have been in Paris when it was very wet (and cold) but Mobile Alabama gets a daily drenching in July/August - 67 inches average/year with 59 averge annual rainy days

Minerva, I think that Grinling would make a delightful cat name. Would this be the Jellicle cat name?

Jane and Lance, enjoy your time in Venice, bringing back exciting tales of your travels. Thank you for the mention of Grinling Gibbons and his exquisite abilities with wood carving.

Ruby, I am glad that you caught the stained glass as I kept it in color (rather than b/w) just for that reason. Merci b.

'Tsuki, please tell me where? In Paris near the Place de Grève?

Penny, so glad to hear your work is almost finished. So glad that you did not have to carve canopies in your kitchen!

Have a glorious week, all!

Bises,
Genie