ARTIST: Lucien Gautier (b. 1850)
TITLE: LA NOUVELLE CATHEDRALE DE MARSEILLE
DATE: c. 1868 (L’Art)
An original etching on “Arches” laid paper. Gautier was noted for his fine etchings of landscapes and city views throughout Europe – wining numerous medals. This etching shows the new Marseilles cathedral under construction. In the Place de la Major, the old cathedral of la Major, built on the ruins of a temple of Diana and dating from the 11th century, was partially dismantled to make way for the eight-domed structure that in 1852 replaced it as the city’s cathedral. The dome and supporting arches of the old cathedral are fine examples of Provencal Romanesque stonemasonry.
Image size is approximately 8 x 14 1/4 inches.