This is part of Louvre Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in Louvre artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently.
Hands reach out, they touch, they manipulate. They can be used to cradle an infant, to turn a page, to cry out to God. In the Louvre’s collection of French sculptures from the 5th to the 18th century, the figures’ hands are certainly not idle. They are an integral part of relating the symbolism and the inner states of their associated bodies. I took my camera to the Louvre on a Friday night to isolate the hands from the meaning they are communicating.
Hands, as found in French sculptures from the 5th to the 18th century:
Musée du Louvre (Richelieu wing, ground floor, rooms 1-19)
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