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HÔTEL DES INVALIDES

HÔTEL DES INVALIDES
Paris, France
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BACKGROUND

Built from 1676 to 1706 at the direction of Louis XIV as a veterans’ hospital, the Hôtel des Invalides boasts an elegant classical façade and impressive dome. The complex is a fine example of French baroque architecture by Libéral Bruant, who was assisted and then succeeded by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF became involved in the restoration of Hôtel des Invalides in 1988. WMF’s project focused on the paintings in the cupola, attributed to Charles de la Fosse, which had deteriorated over time and had also been subject to earlier repairs and repainting that had not aged well.These multiple layers of paint caused the pictorial layers to detach from their mortar bases. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

As one of the most beautiful landmarks of the Paris skyline, the gilded dome of Les Invalides is an elegant and bold symbol of the French spirit universally admired for its beauty and bold conception. Despite its inception as a fully baroque structure, the Hôtel des Invalides experienced numerous neoclassical alterations over time. (...)