This my 6th and final picture of my series the Louvre glass pyramid taken in the same evening from different perpectives and/or in different lighting.
The equestrian statue is depicting the Sun King, Louis XIV (1638-1715). The sculptor was Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Bernini was an Italian painter, composer, architect, caricaturist and designer of metalwork and stage sets and caricaturist but first and foremost a sculptor. He worked principally in Rome.
King Louis XIV commissioned Bernini to sculpt this statue in 1665. The stature was carved by Bernini’s students from a single block of Carrara marble.The statute was not sent to the King in Versailles until 1665. Bernini was then dead since five years back.
King Louis XIV immediately disliked the statue and ordered it to be broken into pieces. But then he changed his mind and placed it at a far end of the garden. The statue slowly deteriorated there until 1980. The architect of the Grand Louvre renovation project in the 1980s, I.M. Pei, persuaded the officials at Versailles to make a copy of this statue which he placed in front of his glass pyramid in the Louvre Court yard. Two other copies were also made, one for the Versailles garden one for for the Splendors of Versailles exhibition in Jackson, Mississippi. The original was very fragile and was stored in the Royal Stables.
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carper (96) 2010-01-05 9:29
very nice again Ulf.
I must say you made a fantastic series there at the museum. the composition is well chosen and good balanced, fine sharpnes and a very good night shot. a pleasure to look at.
have a good evening.
saxo042 (35202) 2010-01-05 9:46
A very fine collection of pictures from the Louvre. The inclusion of this statue gives us all the essential elements; a modern pyramid, the old castle and the statue, which is very well exposed between the both. Interesting note, I just wonder what the king didn´t like in this statue...
DINOZOR (15780) 2010-01-05 11:08
Photo de nuit vraiment remarquable à tous points de vue: netteté, couleurs, lumières.
Bravo et TFS.
npecanhuk (58246) 2010-01-06 5:28
Very nice and interesting night picture of the Louvre!
The pov was very well chosen for this special and beautiful composition!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
feather (51128) 2010-01-06 13:05
Your previous Louvre post is still my favourite in the series, but that doesn't take anything away from this image which is good in its own right. You have found a POV which fits in many elements of the place to make a very comprehensive composition. It just lacks the reflections for which I have a soft spot! ;D all images are expertly exposed, several with gorgeous blue hour sky. You must have been racing around in order to beat the onset of darkness!
jaywalker (16095) 2010-01-06 13:43
Hi Ulf, This is a stunning photo with the quality of the light & the beautiful blue hour, sharp through-out & great composition, this set of photos are all brilliant & TFS, kind regards Wilson.
danos (80288) 2010-01-07 0:35
Good morning Ulf,
great composition with the pyramid and the Louvre to looks as to surround in its embrace the glass construction.The hour of the capture is perfect with the mauve to dominates the scene.Well done.
Have a nice day,Danos
Longroute (19392) 2010-01-07 3:43
The natural conclusion of the series!
Very fine this one too, of course, and the empty square conveys a lovely evening atmosphere. The intermingle of ancient and modern, artificial light/natural light create fine strong contrasts. A well balanced composition (maybe a little too short at the right)and intriguing colours.
macjake (48357) 2010-01-12 11:15
this is probably my favorite of the Louvre series.
Its because of the composition, and the other buildings surrounding it. More visual stimulation i guess you could say.
The large traingle is very crisp and clear, lovely lighting.
There are 4 main subjects, all evenly spread out amongst the frame
ikeharel (47000) 2012-10-09 8:12
Good evening Ulf,
A superb night shot, 1sec. exp. collected the details in an immaculate composition.
Very clear photo, mild light with no bulbs-glare.
All is left would be to congratulte you on this.