Any big city that has gone through a baroque architectural phase is going to have plenty of caryatids, along with their male counterparts, the telamones.
Paris is no exception, so I went on a short caryatid hunt this morning (elapsed time 20 minutes, while I biked back from Les Halles to my apartment). I hope to find more in the coming days, because they are lurking everywhere.
And of course I can't leave out the modern telamones of the police station on avenue Daumesnil. They're not supporting much, but you can tell that they really want to! (Police apartments occupy the upper floors.)
Actually, looking at them again I realize that the statues on the Gare du Nord are visually supposed to be caryatids, tokenly supporting the token columns. Note how the top of each woman's crown lines lines up with the base of the capital behind her. It's an elegant effect and beautifully breaks up the glassy expanse.
Here is a little nugget I found while googling caryatid: A caryatid supporting a basket on her head is called a canephora ("basket-bearer")
Everyone go forth and begin using that word in sentences!
Not a problem, bjd. It is always interesting to see what has been done in other cities.
Meanwhile, I went to take a closer look at the caryatid with the stomach wound, and I fear that there may be a major risk of infection. Perhaps the pigeons are keeping the wound clean at the moment by picking out any stray maggots.
One thing that tempted me today while looking for caryatids were the various sculpted faces over doors and windows. And I was also amazed by the number of lion heads that one can find on the various buildings.
Stomach-wound girl is putting a brave face on things!
What I love about the various Paris examples shown is how different the styles can be. The ones on the Gare du Nord look quite modern, for instance. The ladies in the penultimate photo of #12 have a pre-Raphaelite air to them, whereas the subject of the 2nd pic in #13 is severely Greek. Bjd, I think the reason the two guys in #16 have "unusual postures" is due to the limitations of their sculptor. Note the overly long torso and awkward right arm of the figure on the right, and the way the one on the left doesn't really seem to be supporting his own weight.
Well, I'm not so literal-minded that I was referring to their cleanliness. I mean that their style seems more modern than some of the others. And indeed, the date under the clock is 1864, which is edging towards modern times in terms of art.
The netting over the figures in #12 has the remarkable effect of making them look like trompe l'oeil paintings of sculptures.
I love all these...the one in #13,I adore! All have something different yet,at the same time a similar feel to them,none seem out of place in their environs.And,yes,some are rather amusing without trying to be I'm sure,almost ridiculous looking. I love the fountain in Portland,very much. What a unique design to display water. (I want one!) I do tend to like the older looking ones,which aren't quite so spiffied up looking. Thanks everyone! I will revisit this thread I'm sure. I am trying to think of examples of these here that I can go look for and photograph.I know that one of the older larger hotels here has some lovely ones.
A great thread. The 'modern' telemones of the police station (#3) have a special place in my memory. The day I first meandered along La Promenade Plantee, I looked to the right and was enthralled by the angels! I didn't have my glasses on. Today, of course, I would note the 'telemones'. The Promenade Plantee deserves its own thread as a unique use of an element that would have been destroyed in most other cities. It is a 4.5km elevated park. The Parisians developed an abandoned 19th century railway viaduct. The old rail line is the park and below are shops and cafes.
I think you mentioned somewhere the possibility of a thread on statures 'built into' buildings? This would be wonderful. Although it may be one of the most photographed doorways in the world, I am fascinated by Lavirotte's facade at 29 Rapp Avenue in the 7th arrondissement.
A great thread. The 'modern' telemones of the police station (#3) have a special place in my memory. The day I first meandered along La Promenade Plantee, I looked to the right and was enthralled by the angels! I didn't have my glasses on. Today, of course, I would note the 'telemones'. The Promenade Plantee deserves its own thread as a unique use of an element that would have been destroyed in most other cities.
The police station telamones are actually copies of Michelangelo's "The Dying Slave" (original in the Louvre).
On the 'vines' thread in Putting Down Roots, I mentioned doing a Promenade Plantée thread and showed why it is too early. And I'm impatient -- but I know that this should wait until late May or early June.