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Opera-Palais Garnier.The Chandelier

Opera-Palais Garnier.The Chandelier

The 7-ton bronze and crystal chandelier was designed by Garnier. Jules Corboz prepared the model, and it was cast and chased by Lacarière, Delatour & Cie. The total cost came to 30,000 gold francs. The use of a central chandelier aroused controversy, and it was criticized for obstructing views of the stage by patrons in the fourth level boxes and views of the ceiling painted by Eugène Lenepveu. Garnier had anticipated these disadvantages but provided a lively defense in his 1871 book Le Théâtre: "What else could fill the theatre with such joyous life? Who else could offer the variety of forms that we have in the pattern of the flames, in these groups and tiers of points of light, these wild hues of gold flecked with bright spots, and these crystalline highlights?"
On 20 May 1896, the falling of one of the counterweights for the grand chandelier resulted in the death of one member of the audience. This incident inspired one of the more famous scenes in Gaston Leroux's classic 1911 gothic novel The Phantom of the Opera.
Originally the chandelier was raised up through the ceiling into the cupola over the auditorium for cleaning, but now it is lowered. The space in the cupola was used in the 1960s for opera rehearsals, and in the 1980s was remodeled into two floors of dance rehearsal space.

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Pat14-Oct-2012 18:00
Ce plafond de Marc Chagall est absolument magnifique. Très jolie prise. V
Walter O. Koenig06-Oct-2012 20:50
A fascinating and beautiful image. "V"
danad06-Oct-2012 08:14
A beautiful colorful shot ! V.
MarcViskens06-Oct-2012 07:49
wonderful shot José
very well done
janescottcumming05-Oct-2012 23:46
Fantastic! I have to go back to Paris...I missed too much. V
Helen Betts05-Oct-2012 19:35
Super capture with excellent POV, light and color. And a beautiful scene. V.
Mike H.05-Oct-2012 17:10
Delightful image of this awesome chandelier -- well done; interesting facts too!!
Christy VB05-Oct-2012 15:31
globalgadabout05-Oct-2012 13:49
absolutely marvelous...V
Dawn05-Oct-2012 13:27
Amazing work and history.
Jim Coffman05-Oct-2012 13:15
Just stunning!
Mildred Alpern05-Oct-2012 13:10
Marvelous view of this glorious decoration and one-time lethal "weapon."
Fong Lam05-Oct-2012 10:44
Fantastic capture of this awesome chandelier! V
John Hamers05-Oct-2012 10:33
Superb colours and light !! awesome image !!V
marie-jose wolff05-Oct-2012 08:40
what a wonderful ceiling! V
Julie Queybronac (Bryline)05-Oct-2012 08:17
Ô ... V !
Santi Bravo Figueras05-Oct-2012 06:27
Molt bona feina!
Colin Dixon05-Oct-2012 06:08
Nice capture Jose :)
Herbey Morales05-Oct-2012 05:53
Awesome! v
Yvonne05-Oct-2012 05:45
A beautiful image and what an amazing story! v
woody3405-Oct-2012 05:37
Thank you for the background of this beautiful chandelier and ceiling....wonderful capture...V
Ali Majdfar05-Oct-2012 04:06
Stunning capture! ~V
Bryan Murahashi05-Oct-2012 04:02
Beautiful light and colors in this ornate scene. V
Peggy W05-Oct-2012 03:31
Absolutely stunning~ great image!
fotabug05-Oct-2012 03:29
such remarkable, ornate detail! awesome chandelier! V
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