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Moselle

Lorraine

Rue Lemire
(Basilique Notre-Dame de Bon Secours)

L’Espérance ou La Vierge

Hope or The Virgin

Pierre-François Le Roy
1767

Saint-Avold /  L’Espérance <i>ou</i> La Vierge   Saint-Avold /  L’Espérance <i>ou</i> La Vierge

Description

Large stone statue of the allegorical figure of Hope, holding a cross.

Together with the statue of Faith (see here), this statue was made in 1767 for the new Neoclassical portal at the West end of the Metz cathedral, designed by the architect Jacques-François Blondel. This portal was demolished in the 1890s and replaced by the neogothic portal by the architect Paul Tornow and the sculptor Auguste Dujardin (see here). The statues were placed in 1898 in Saint-Avold.

The caption below the statue refers to the Virgin, making clear that the statue of Hope on this St. Mary church is used as a statue of St. Mary.

Metz - cathedral Metz - cathedral
Statues of Hope (left) and Faith (right) in the 1767 portal of the Metz Cathedral.

Inscription(s)

mater boni auxilii regina lotharingiæ
virgo supplex
semper succurre populo tuero devoto

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Location (N 49°5'56" - E 6°42'22")

Item Code: frlo208; Photograph: 28 May 2019
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