Golden splendour by Elena Skvortsova

The Grand Foyer of Palais Garnier (Opera House), Paris, France
Canon EOS 500D

Featured in A World of EOS on 10-03-2014
Featured in SHAPES and PATTERNS on 10-03-2014
Featured in European Everyday Life on 14-03-2014
Featured in Light up My Life on 15-03-2014

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The Grand Foyer is 154m long, 13m wide and 18m high. To decorate it, Garnier summoned the painter Paul Baudry (1828-1886) from Rome, where he was painting copies of the Sistine Chapel. This huge space in antique gold tones is near the dress circle on the opera house’s noblest floor. It was a place where people could rest, stroll and chat.
At either end of the Grand Foyer, visitors can admire two monumental fireplaces featuring caryatides by Charles Cordier and Albert Carrier-Belleuse, each surmounted by a large Sèvres vase by Joseph Chéret. Baudry, a winner of the Grand Prix de Rome and friend of Garnier, painted the fresco on the vault. An allegory of Music framed by two ovals, one featuring Comedy and the other Tragedy, is in the centre. Allegorical figures depicting music, dance and Biblical stories grace the ceiling as well. The entire fresco was completed in 1874.(


  • John Velocci
    John Velocciabout 1 year ago

    excellent shot.

  • Thank you John!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • Fara
    Faraabout 1 year ago

    Very opulent Elena……………………………wonderful image………………………Joyce

  • Thank you Joyce!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful architecture well captured.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thank you!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • metriognome
    metriognomeabout 1 year ago

    1 image/24hrs
    Spider heaven!

  • It should be) Though I haven’t seen any… Thank you

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • lezvee
    lezveeabout 1 year ago

    Absolutely fantastic architecture and decor. A brilliant shot – good work

  • Thank you!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 1 year ago

    Fabulous shot! Congratulations on your feature!

    Click on the banner to leave a comment on our feature broadcast 10th March 2014.

  • Thank you so much Arfan! I highly appreciate this!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

    March 10, 2014

    If you like, you may leave a message for the other featured artists here!

  • Thank you so much Lynn! I highly appreciate this!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature on 03/14/2014

    Keep the great work coming.

  • Thank you! I appreciate it a lot!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • lezvee
    lezveeabout 1 year ago

    15th March 2014

  • Thank you so much! I highly appreciate it!

    – Elena Skvortsova

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65about 1 year ago

    Wonderful work, Elena!

  • Thank you Thea!

    – Elena Skvortsova

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