Among the most lavish of Second Empire monuments, Charles Garnier’s elaborately decorated Neo-Baroque Paris Opéra devoted as much space and luxe to grand ceremonial arcades, foyers, and staircases as to the theater hall. Louis-Émile Durandelle documented the construction and decoration of the Opéra for a decade. Here, stone carvers 200 feet above the street chip away at enormous garlands of fruit that form a decorative frieze on the stage tower.


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Artist
Louis-Émile Durandelle, French, 1839–1917
Title
Frise et corniche de la scène
Frieze and Cornice of the Stage Tower
from the publication Le Nouvel Opéra de Paris, Sculpture Ornementale
Date
1876
Medium
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 14 11/16 × 11 in. (37.3 × 28 cm) Sheet: 14 11/16 × 11 in. (37.3 × 28 cm) Mount: 24 11/16 × 17 5/8 in. (62.7 × 44.7 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Krista and Michael Dumas

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2017.126
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Serge Kakou, Paris]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.