La chapelle Saint-Jean de l'église Saint-Séverin

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Help us restore a jewel of the latin Quarter : the chapel of St. John of the church of St. Séverin needs you !


Located in the heart of the latin Quarter, a few steps from Notre-Dame Cathedral, along the way to Santiago de Compostela, the church of Saint-Séverin stands as a major monument of medieval Paris. Built on the site of a Merovingian sanctuary, Saint-Séverin grew between the 13th and 15th centuries into the jewel of flamboyant Gothic architecture that we admire today.


Nestled in the southern arm of the transept of Saint-Séverin, the chapel of St. John is a veritable masterpiece. Inspired by Italian Renaissance art, the wall paintings are by Hippolyte Flandrin, one of Ingres' most gifted students. This is Flandrin’s first monumental work, executed before his paintings in the church of Saint-Germain des Prés. He chose an oil and wax technique, whose matte rendition looks alike ancient paintings he had seen on archaeological sites in Italy.

 


Now, 181 years after their creation, the gold-leafed stars in the formerly azure vault are just barely visible. The paintings have never had a thorough restoration since their creation in 1840.


The Last Supper had been praised since its original conception for its purity of line, the economy of means, John's gesture of complete abandon, Judas' suggested absence, the references to its illustrious predecessors Giotto and Raphael, and the overall harmony that emanates from this work, despite the gravity of the subject. These attributes make Flandrin's work a masterpiece of wall painting. Water infiltration caused the wall to deteriorate very quickly. Recreating certain parts of the decoration using preparatory drawings made by the artist is a true challenge for the restorers.


Thanks to an initial sponsorship, work on the chapel of St. John has begun this past summer. The work is being carried out by the City of Paris, owner of the building and project manager. Under the expert supervision of the City of Paris curators and conservation experts, mural painters, stained glass artists, sculptors, masons, floor layers and lighting technicians will work on the project, which is due to be completed by the end of February 2022.


However, this is not the end of the story. We still need to find another €100,000 to cover the three-month fees of the mural painters, stained glass artists, sculptors, masons, floor layers and lighting technicians who have to complete the work. 


500 € corresponds to half a day's work for the restoration team.

15 000 € finances 15 days of work.


We need your help to complete this work and let the Chapel of St. John regain its original splendor! Help us save the chapel, so that it can be restored to its former glory! Thank you for your generosity!

 

WHO ARE WE ?

Under the aegis of the Foundation Notre-Dame, the Foundation « Avenir du Patrimoine à Paris » was established in 2014 in order to accelerate the restoration of Paris historical churches and their masterpieces, by relying upon the generosity of donors. In coordination with the City of Paris, it aims, through its financial support, to supplement and therefore develop the resources devoted to these churches. The Foundation "Avenir du Patrimoine à Paris" has a strong local presence in Paris, through its network of volunteers actively safeguarding the heritage of individual districts.

 

HOW TO HELP FINANCE THIS PROJECT ?

After registering on Dartagnans website, you can make an online donation by credit card on this page.  From 1 000€ , please use a bank transfer after registering on the Dartagnans website.

- for French donors only, you can also send a cheque, with your e-mail address on the back, made out to "Fondation Avenir du Patrimoine - St. Séverin" and sent to the following address

Dartagnans Campaign - Campaign "Chapel of St. John of the church of St. Séverin" -  15 rue de Milan - 75009 PARIS - France.

 

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS FOR FISCAL RESIDENCY IN FRANCE

Under the aegis of the Foundation Notre Dame, recognised as of public utility, the Foundation "Avenir du Patrimoine à Paris" allows you to benefit from the tax advantages provided for French law:

1. - 66% on income tax, up to a limit of 20% of taxable income

2. - 75% on the Impôt sur la Fortune Immobilière (IFI), up to a limit of 50 000 € per year

3. - For companies, 60% on corporate income tax (IS)

The Foundation is also authorised to receive legacies, donations and life insurance policies without transfer duties.

 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS FOR THEIR INDISPENSABLE SUPPORT !

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We are at your disposal for any questions.

Contact e-mail: [email protected] 

Address: 10, rue du Cloître Notre-Dame - 75004 Paris

Phone number : +33 (0)1 78 91 91 16

Crédits : Etienne Castelein - Ville de Paris / COARC / Jean-Marc Moser / Bernard Lodier-CDAS

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