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Saint Michael - Emmanuel Fremiet 1824-1910

Saint Michael - Emmanuel Fremiet 1824-1910 sold

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"Saint Michael - Emmanuel Fremiet 1824-1910"
Sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet 1824-1910 Period 1875 creation of the chief model in bronze, exhibited at the Salon of 1879 Emmanuel Frémiet modified his model in 1897 Provenance France School French school of sculpture Height: approximately 30 cm Width: approx. 15 cm cm Depth: 6 cm Base: 6.5 X 6.5 kg Weight: 1272 g Signature At the feet of Saint Michael: E. FREMIET Bearing a number Material Bronze proof with original golden patina, resting on a round terrace fixed on a bronze base also.

Emmanuel Frémiet produced, in 1879, a statue of Saint Michael overcoming evil. Saint Michael is a tutelary figure of France. Great Archangel of God is the most powerful and the most beautiful of all the angels of Heaven. During the rebellion of the fallen angels, he fights Lucifer, and throws him out of Heaven. He is the protective angel, watching over the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, he extends his aura over the whole of France. It is he who guides Joan of Arc when she embarks on the reconquest of the Kingdom of France for Charles VII. Slender and dynamic silhouette, Saint Michael, dressed in a cuirass and a coat of mail, his wings deployed with majesty, raises his sword high in a confident gesture with his right hand. With his left hand, he presents his targe (small shield) to the serpent with the head of a man adorned with two horns which represents Lucifer, the fallen angel, evil. The statue edited by Charles More is exhibited at the Salon of 1879, pleases. This is how the architect Victor Petitgrand (1841-1898), who was in charge of the restoration of Mont Saint Michel, commissioned Emmanuel Frémiet to create a statue of Saint Michel that would be 2.20 meters high. To comply with architectural requirements, the sculptor modifies the base, and transforms the serpent with the head of a man into a frightening dragon.

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