Angel of the Last Judgement (copy)

Baron Carlo Marochetti (1805-1867)

Original, 1841; replacement copy, 1928

Stone

Height: 240 cm

Surmounting the church gable

Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, Paris

Installed on 26 November 1841, Marochetti's statue replaced a centuries-old one of St Michael, which had been removed in the mid-eighteenth century. In consequence, Marochetti's angel too was often mistakenly described as St Michael. This statue in turn required attention by the late 1920s, and, since no plaster model could be found, it was copied by another sculptor, René-Albert Baucour (1878-1948). [Commentary continues below.]

Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, based on information from the article by Caroline Hedengren-Dillon given in the bibliography.

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