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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
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 catalogue 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 a 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 sculpter from Italy, arrived in Paris in 1857. We owe him the Crowned Virgin Mary put on the promenade of Notre-Dame sanctuary in Lourdes, which knew a huge success et aroused many orders. A lot of Art foundries were asked by RAFFL, but we can’t really identify the outsourcing. Thousand of statues were made (more than 62 000 between 1871 and 1877), and put in churches all around France but also exported in the entire world.
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