THE RESTORATION

ENSURING THE 

PRESERVATION OF HISTORY 

FOR GENERATIONS 

THE PHASES

The restoration of Saint Germain des Prés will take place in five separate phases over the next five years.  Each phase focuses on a specific project outside or inside the church.  The restoration will cost about $5.7 million.

 

American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés will aid in the funding of Provisional Phase 1.  This phase includes improvements to the transept, which houses paintings by Hippolyte Flandrin.

 

For more information on Provisional Phases 2-5, please download our Restoration Catalog.

RESTORATION FEATURE
THE MASTERPIECES OF HIPPOLYTE FLANDRIN

Painter Hippolyte Flandrin was called upon by Saint Germain des Prés in 1842 to complete a massive restoration campaign for the church.  The sole artist entrusted with this task, Flandrin filled the church walls with murals depicting historical and religious figures, as well as several iconic scenes of Christianity.  The painter developed and employed the encaustic, or hot wax, painting technique, which flourished in the nineteenth century.  

 

Centuries later, these paintings are covered in a thick layer of dirt, making them difficult to view from ground level.  Provisional Phase 1 of the restoration project includes cleaning and consolidation of Flandrin's artwork by a team of specialists, as well as an opportunity to study encaustic painting techniques more closely.  The murals to be restored are located on the North and South Walls of the transept.

THE NORTH WALL

1. Saint Doctrovée

2. Saint Germain

3. Childebert 1 and

     Ultrogoth

4. Faith

5. Hope

6. Charity

7. Patience

8. Christ's Entrance to

    Jerusalem

 

Approximate Cost:

$109,021

*Close ups showing accumulated dirt on Flandrin paintings.

THE SOUTH WALL

1. Robert the Pious &

    Saint Benedict

2. Saint Vincent

3. Alexander III & the 

    Abbot Morard

4. Strength

5. Temperance

6. Justice

7.Prudence

8. The Road to Calvary

 

Approximate Cost:

$109,021

*Close ups showing accumulated dirt on Flandrin paintings.

Contact Us:

Carol Donohue, Foundation Administrator

American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés Inc

Phone: (410) 543-2126           Fax: (410) 543-2417

Background Photo: 075 Paris - Eglise Saint Germain des Pres by Photos et Voyages, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0