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The ossuaries of the catacombs of Paris. Peter bearing a quote from Chapter 1 of

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The ossuaries of the catacombs of Paris. Peter bearing a quote from Chapter 1 of

JEB4885369 The ossuaries of the catacombs of Paris. Peter bearing a quote from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Saint Luke (Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles. In French: He overthrew the big ones and raised the little ones), 1862 (albumine print) by Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) (1820-1910); 19.5x24 cm; eJean Bernard; French, out of copyright

Media ID 23338236

© Jean Bernard / Bridgeman Images

Albumine Print Catacomb Cemetery Churchyard Felix Tournachon Said 1820 1910 Graveyard Latin Nadar Skeleton Jeanbernard


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This photograph captures the haunting beauty of the ossuaries in the catacombs of Paris. Taken in 1862 by renowned photographer Nadar, also known as Gaspard Felix Tournachon, this albumine print showcases his mastery in capturing the essence of death and decay. In the center of the frame stands a man named Peter, bearing a quote from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Saint Luke: "Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles" (He overthrew the big ones and raised the little ones). This powerful Latin phrase resonates with both religious significance and historical context. The image transports us to a time when these underground tunnels served as final resting places for countless souls. The skeletal remains that line every inch remind us of our mortality while simultaneously evoking a sense of awe at their sheer magnitude. Nadar's composition skillfully plays with light and shadow, enhancing the eerie atmosphere within this sacred space. The delicate details captured on this 19th-century print invite viewers to contemplate life's transience and reflect on their own existence. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece, we are reminded that even in death, there is still room for hope and redemption. Through Peter's presence amidst these bones, he becomes a symbol not only for faith but also for resilience - an enduring reminder that even in darkness, there is always light.

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