Luxembourg Gardens is dotted with interesting statues, and here are several that I came upon during my most recent trip to Paris.
Let’s start with this statue of Velléda contemplating the house of Eudore by Hippolyte Maindron.
Velléda, if I’ve got the story correct, was a druid who fell in love with her enemy. The statue depicts the young Velléda leaning against a tree while gazing at her love interest’s house before committing suicide. Yikes.
Sainte-Clotilde is credited with spreading Christianity within western Europe. This piece was sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Klagmann for the Queens of France and Illustrious Women series, a collection of statues found within the park.
This bronze statue, titled The Mask Seller, was created by French sculptor Zacharie Astruc.
The young boy holds above his head a mask of Victor Hugo, and circling the base of the statue are other masks representing famous characters from the end of the 19th century (from writers to musicians to a politician).
Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, better known by her pen name George Sand, is recognised as one of the most notable writers of the European Romantic era. This statue was created by famed French sculptor, François-Léon Sicard.
Jeanne d’Albret, also known as Jeanne III, was Queen of Navarre and mother to the first Bourbon king of France.
In addition, she was the acknowledged spiritual and political leader of the French Huguenot movement, and a key figure in the French Wars of Religion.
Perhaps I’m biased, being a descendant of French Huguenots driven from France for their religious beliefs, but her almost-defiant posture in this statue by French sculptor Jean-Louis Brian makes me smile.
Anne was heiress to the rich duchy of Brittany, and was Queen of France (not once but twice).
Next up is Mary, Queen of Scots, often remembered as the Royal imprisoned (and later ordered to be executed) by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.
For a short time Mary was also the Queen consort of France, having married Francis II. Sadly he died unexpectedly a year into their marriage, and she was left a widow at the too-young age of 18.
This statue was created by French sculptor Jean-Jacques Feuchère.
I hope you find these interesting. We’ve gone through about half of my photos of Luxembourg statues, and I’ll be back with the rest soon.