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RAFFL or LA STATUE RELIGIEUSE (1857 - 1920), Painted cast iron statue depicting St. Michael vanquishing Satan from Raphael’s painting, end of the 19th century

Width: 35'' ⅜  90cm
Height: 98'' ⅞  251cm

France, end of the 19th century

This statue was made by the French foundry RAFFLE also called La Statue Religieuse in painted cast iron and is reproduced on the n°59 catalog of the foundry. It imitates « St. Michael vanquishing Satan » painted by Raphael in 1518 and kept in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The archangel St. Michael, dressed with Roman armor, stands on his right foot put on the back of the demon. Holding in his two hands his spear, he pierces the back of the winged demon, thrown on a rock and turning his horned head to look at his murderer. The RAFFL foundry was a business company of religious statues and church furniture. It bears the name of the first owner, Ignaz Raffl (1828 - 1895), wood sculptor from Italy, who arrived in Paris in 1857. We owe him the Crowned Virgin Mary put on the promenade of Notre-Dame sanctuary in Lourdes, which was a huge success and aroused many orders. A lot of Art foundries were asked byRAFFL, but we can’t really identify the outsourcing. 

Structure métallique du magasin Le Printemps lors de sa reconstruction en 1881 Page du catalogue de la fonderie RAFFL sur laquelle figure notre statue
Page of the foundry's catalogue on which we can see our statue
Raphael, "St. Michael vanquishing Satan", 1503-1505, musée du Louvre