The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part III

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    26 Jul 2018
    Clock 45min      Length1mi
    5 ratings


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    Louis Visconti was the architect who designed the modern Louvre. A carving of the museum appears on his front panel. Of course, the Louvre existed for 500 years before him, mainly as a palace for kings, and was crowned a museum when Visconti was two years old. His blueprints would add 50% additional square footage, notably the pavilion Richelieu and pavilion Denon. I say would because he died of a heart attack before seeing the finished product.

    He also had a knack for mortuary art, and isn't that one of the main things we are here to appreciate? In addition to Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides, Visconti designed at least eight other graves, including four found in Père Lachaise.

    No, not his own, silly! The one before you now, that was another guy, David d'Angers [Il est inhumé à Paris au cimetière du Père-Lachaise (39e division).], who also designed the bust of Balzac, who you’ll see in a moment. This monument has two faces, the bust of Visconti’s father behind, who was also an architect, and Louis relaxing in front.

    Isn't it grand that such graduates of the École des Beaux-Arts applied their craft to sculpting the eternal memory of a person?

    If you're ready, keep walking down Avenue Principale. Just ahead, at the next intersection make a right on Avenue Circulaire.

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