Allegory
1707

The decision to have monumental sculpted decoration on the balustrade and the pediment of the Royal Chapel was taken in around 1705. The carefully chosen subject matter of the decoration mixes allegory with great figures of Christianity. The four evangelists rub shoulders with the twelve apostles, the four Fathers of the Latin Church, the four Fathers of the Greek Church and six allegories of Christian virtue.

Sculptor
Pierre Granier (1635-1715)

Date sculpted 
1707

Height
2.92 metres, including plinth

Material 
Tonnerre stone

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Justice

Portrayed as a female figure with wavy hair, Justice is wearing a dress and a coat fastened over her chest by two circular fibula. Her right arm is resting on a fasces and she is holding dishes from a set of scales in her left.

Justice

© EPV/Didier Saulnier

 

THE SCULPTOR PIERRE GRANIER

Having entered the Academy in 1685, Pierre Granier was also the author of the famous statue The pastoral poem (North parterre) from the Great Commission.

The Pastoral Poem
Pierre Granier

©Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN / © Christophe Fouin

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