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Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Paris by Claude Monet [[PD-US]]
Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Paris by Claude Monet [[PD-US]]

When I visited the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth to see the Monet Early Years exhibit, I noted that Claude Monet’s painting of the Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois in Paris bore a striking resemblance to another church I see often: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Monet painted Saint-Germain’s in 1867. He stood on the colonnade of the east façade of the Louvre to get perspective one story above the street.

 

The cathedral in Santa Fe, built in the Romanesque Revival style, was dedicated in 1887.

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