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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Chapel of the Virgin, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle

William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: (1) Annonciation
1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes, La Rochelle




William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: (2) la Visitation
1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle





William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: (3) la Nativité
1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle





William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: (4) la Fuite en Egypte
1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle













William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: (5) la Pâmoison de la Vierge (The Fainting of the Virgin)1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle














William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: (6) Pietà
1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle





William Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905)
Scènes de la vie de la Vierge: Assomption
1876
Painting
La chapelle de la Vierge, Cathédrale de Saint-Louis, Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle



La Rochelle Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Louis de la Rochelle) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France, located in the town of La Rochelle.

The cathedral was rebuilt between 1742 and 1784

The French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) came from La Rochelle. He was very famous in his time. After a period in oblivion, his reputation is being resurrected, deservedly.

Historically La Rochelle was reputed to be the centre of French Calvinism. Bouguereau`s family were in the past Calvinist but became Catholic. William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born and baptised Catholic.

Bouguereau reestablished the connection with La Rochelle when he and his family fled Paris after the Comune was established in Paris.

One of the results was the commissioning of his Scenes from the Life of the Virgin in the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral.