|Pierre-Antoine Demachy, Cérémonie de la première pierre de la nouvelle église de Ste Geneviève (1765) |
Musee Carnavalet Oil on canvas, 81cm x 129cm
It was Demachy himself (who had designed theatre sets for the Collège Louis-le-grand and for the Opéra) who painted the architectural features and Callet the sculpted ornaments. It was presumably on the strength of this work, that in 1764 Demachy was given the grand office of "peintre d'Architecture des décors de théâtre aux Menus Plaisirs du Roi ". No wonder he depicted the occasion so lovingly!
The painting is worth noticing too for the details of the ceremony: the stage for the dignitaries, the royal carriage, the piece of stone ready to be laid. The Carnavalet really don't want you to cut and paste their images, so I won't, but you can explore the picture in close-up on their website.