Saint-Eustache Chapel of the Virgin Mary
At the rear of the church is the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. Striking features of the gold-toned chapel are three frescos, a stature of Mary in the middle of the alter, and beautiful stained glass windows above. I was there one late Saturday afternoon in March 2012 and was lucky to catch a beam of sunlight through a window that highlighted the statue. From church tourist information: “In the morning and evening twilight’s so suitable to prayer rises to the heights of the ambulatory the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. Thomas Couture (1856-Master of Edouard Manet), painted the frescoes that represent the power of intercession of the Virgin. On the alter, the graceful stature of the Virgin (1748), originally carved for the Chapel of the Invalides by Pigalle.” Pigalle’s name is most commonly known because of the Pigalle red-light district in Paris.
I did not use HDR because I liked the single properly exposed photo (f6.3, 1.6 seconds, 100 ISO); because the above windows were clipped, I selected and pasted windows from the underexposed shot and blended the two to provide more detail and color in the windows.
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