Notre-dame de paris

Notre-Dame de Paris: from Victor Hugo to Eugène Viollet-le-Duc

The archaeological crypt of the Île de la Cité reopens for the first time since the fire of Notre-Dame with an exhibition on the history of the cathedral in the 19th century. It starts with the publication of Victor Hugo’s best-selling novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which raised public awareness of this masterpiece of Gothic architecture, then in a sorry state, and inspired a campaign for its restoration. Along with some early photographs of the cathedral, the exhibition looks at Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s renovations, which added both the famous spire and a series of stone gargoyles on the upper gallery (partly inspired by illustrations found in an edition of Hugo’s Hunchback). The exhibition also considers how the worldwide success of the novel – not to mention its adaptation by Disney – cemented a certain image of the cathedral in the public imagination, and includes a number of contemporary artists’ responses to Notre Dame. Find out more on the Paris Musées website

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Quasimodo saves Esmeralda from the hands of her executioners (1832), Eugenie Henry. Photo: © Houses of Victor Hugo/Roger-Viollet

Souvenir (circa 1864), Victor Hugo.

Memory (vs. 1864), Victor Hugo. Photo: © Houses of Victor Hugo/Roger-Viollet

Le Stryge (circa 1853), Charles Nègre.

The Stryge (vs. 1853), Charles Negre. Photo: © Houses of Victor Hugo/Roger-Viollet

Paris (04) (2017; from the Photo Opportunity/Paris series, 2005-ongoing), Corinne Vionnet.

Paris (04) (2017; from the series Photo opportunities/Paris, 2005-ongoing), Corinne Vionnet. Collection of the Carnavalet Museum – History of Paris; © Corinne Vionnet

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