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Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville

Sculptures at the Façade of the City Hall

Various sculptors
c. 1672 and 1829

Lyon /  Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville

Description

The Hôtel de Ville was built between 1645 and 1651 by Simon Maupin. Following a fire in 1674, the building was restored and modified, including its facade, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and his pupil Robert de Cotte.

Most of the exterior decorations are made by the sculptor Simon Guillaume.

Lyon - Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Henri IV

On the pediment in the center of the building, originally was a half-relief of Louis XIV on horseback, whcih was removed in 1793. In 1829, Jean-François Legendre-Héral made the present equestrian statue of Henry IV, surmounted by an escutcheon with the arms of the City and a clock with allegories of the Rhône and Saône.

Lyon - Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Coat of Arms of Lyon
Lyon - Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Rhône and Saône

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Hercules
Lyon - Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Minerva

The gallery on the top floor is decorated with two statues: Minerva and Hercules, symbol of the Good Government. The statues were replaced in 1854 by the sculptors Fabisch and Bonnet.

Lyon - Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Justice and Truth
Lyon - Sculptures de la façade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Prudence and Force

The pediments of the corner pavilions are dominated each by a pair of statues representing the four cardinal virtues: Justice and Truth, on the North Pavilion, Prudence and Force on the South Pavilion, which are a tribute to Louis XIV.

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Bonnet, Guillaume
  • Coat of arms
  • Fabisch, Joseph-Hugues
  • Guillaume, Simon
  • Henry IV (King of France)
  • Hercules / Heracles
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Legendre-Héral, Jean-François
  • Prudentia
  • Rhône (personification)
  • Saône (personification)
  • Strength (Fortitudo)
  • Truth
  • Location (N 45°46'3" - E 4°50'3")

    Item Code: frra203; Photograph: 14 August 2018
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