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Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées

Monument to the Glory of the Army Health Service

Louis Bertola
1938

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Description

In front of a 22 meters high concrete stele, with at its base by a set of bas-reliefs, stands a 6 meters high statue of the Motherland, expressing youth and serenity, at the same time as strength. Standing in front of vines and ears of corn, she leans in a confident gesture on a large sword.
Monument designed by Paul Bellemain (1886-1953).

Originally, the monument stood on Place d'Arsonval and visible from all sides. At the reconstruction of the square it was replaced about 15 meters, with its back so close to a wall, that the relief on the back side nowadays are hardly visible.

The north and south side of the base have a protruding part, making the monument more or less cross-shaped, therefor are twelve faces with reliefs. These reliefs represent the various members of the Military Health Service at work, "carefully detailing army corps uniforms as well as the civilian and religious clothes of nurses who are busy with zeal with the soldiers. Secondary scenes are devoted to medicine (radiography, dental surgery, vaccination, pharmacy) as well as the armies of Asia and Africa."

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
East (Front): hospital soldiers and sisters holding a stretcher, from which a cloth hangs with a cross and the Rod of Asclepius

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
North (left part): sisters gives soldiers to drink
Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
North (perpendicular left): kneeling man

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
North (center): persons with red cross dog

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
North (perpendicular right): sitting figure
Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
North (right part): dentist

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West: since there is only about 1 to 1.5 meters, it is impossible to make good photos of this relief

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
South (left part): Medical soldiers in East Asia
Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
South (perpendicular left): Medical soldiers in Africa

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
South (center): sisters with wounded soldiers and a dog

Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
South (perpendicular right): two persons
Lyon - Monument à la gloire du Service de santé des Armées
South (right part): sisters nursing wounded soldiers.

Inscription(s)

A LA GLOIRE
DU SERVICE
DE SANTÉ

Signature

l. bertola - p. bellemain architecte
bas-reliefs composes et directement tailles dans le bloc, l. bertola

Old Postcard(s)

 
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Sculptor

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Location (N 45°44'33" - E 4°52'39")

Item Code: frra255; Photograph: 16 August 2018
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