Jean Goujon By Elle monfried

Fountain of the Innocents

This piece of art was created in 1547 through 1550. It is located in Joachim-du-Bellay in the Les Halles district in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. This sculpture is signifigant because it is about reviving the antique traditions of the nymphaeum. The nymphs of the Louvre surrounded the base of each arcade, and the piece of art was built on the corner of two streets. This sculpture is interesting to me because it shows how important it is to keep the innocent ones safe and that everyone is important when it comes to war. Also, the sculpture was so beautiful and had many different parts to it and was very inspirational, showing that history is important.

Classicism is the most important part of this sculpture because it is elegant when it comes to what the people are wearing and it has history on every part of the sculpture. This work of art is very inspiring because it shows how important and the power one’s work can have on a person. The fountain of the Innocents has beautiful texture and lots of classy people on it. To me, the sculpture shows how important it was not to hurt the people that did nothing wrong, even though that is how people fought in those days- with rape, burning, and murdering. The perfection that went into this piece of art shows that it was a very important piece of art.


Jean Goujon was born in 1510, in the city of Normandy, France. He spent most of his life in France during the renaissance period. Goujon got his education between 1544-1547 at Chateau d’Ecouen. He created sculptures for King Henry the Second and Francis the First of France. There are not many of his sculptures left after the fall of the renaissance other than a few known as; the Fountain of the Innocents, Caryatids, Allegories on the facade of the Louvre, and The Four Seasons. There is a theory that Jean Goujon fled from France because he was a protestant during the period of religious conflict.


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