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Hunchback of Notre Dame Paintings

Updated on May 24, 2020

Paintings inspired by Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame as many different types of adaptations but it's has also inspired lots of different kinds of artists. From Painting, sculpture, and illustration; there is many pieces based off the novel.

So please enjoy the art from Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Paintings are arrange as they occur in the novel many use Esmeralda as a subject.

Reminder- this a page depicting works of art.

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An Esmeralda and Phoebus Water Color

A Water Color
A Water Color

This painting by an unknown artist depicts Phoebus meeting with Esmeralda. This painting doesn't seem to depicts any scene from the book in particular but it's still a lovely painting none the less. The soft watercolor give their meeting a romantic yet dreamlike quality. Given their relationship (or lack there of) in the novel it would seem that this painting is from Esmeralda's perceptive.

Wilhelm Marstrand - 1898

Wilhelm Marstrand 1898
Wilhelm Marstrand 1898

This painting by Wilhelm Marstrand is of Esmeralda and Djali dancing. Again this painting doesn't seem to come from any specific scene from the book. It's just Esmeralda and Djali having some fun. It has rough brushstroke like quality that makes it feel active. Esmeralda also looks very youth with big bright eyes.

William Gale

William Gale
William Gale

This painting, by William Gale, depicts a spelling lesson. Esmeralda teaches Djali ito spell 'Phoebus" using cards. You don't actually read about how she teaches Djali to spell Phoebus but it's a major plot point in the book.

This painting is highly detail and is quite lovely. You can't really make out Esmeralda's looks so one can imagines what her face looks like. It's one of my favorites.

Antoine Wiertz

Esmeralda Antoine Wiertz
Esmeralda Antoine Wiertz

Another painting of the spelling lesson. This painting is by Antoine Wiertz. Unlike Gale's painting, Wiertz's Esmeralda seems to be taking a break. Esmeralda seems to not be dress in medieval clothing though and she is red. Still, it's a pretty painting.

Auguste Couder

Frollo stabbing Phoebus by Auguste Couder
Frollo stabbing Phoebus by Auguste Couder

This painting by Couder, depicts Frollo stabbing Phoebus. Esmeralda notices but Phebus is none the wiser. This painting has a lot of details. For instance you can see Esmeralda's necklace which has great significance especially later in the novel. The different level of heights and the compositions add a lot of visual interest.

It is another favorite.

Charles Auguste Steuben 1839

Esmeralda petting Djali Charles Auguste Steuben 1839
Esmeralda petting Djali Charles Auguste Steuben 1839

This richly colored painting by Charles Auguste Steuben is of Esmeralda caressing Dajil. In this painting she's in sanctuary in Notre Dame. You can tell this because in white and you can see Quasimodo behind her to the left side.

This painting has been used as the cover for the Oxford World's Classics version of Notre Dame de Paris.

I really like this painting as it such a good showcase for Esmeralda's attitude regrading Djali and Quasimodo. Djali is really cute in this painting

Louis Boulanger

Frollo and Esmeralda Porte de Rouge scene Louis Boulanger
Frollo and Esmeralda Porte de Rouge scene Louis Boulanger

This Painting by Louis Boulanger depicts Frollo and Esmeralda in Porte de Rouge scene where Frollo tries to force himself on Esmeralda in her cell. Quasimodo saves her and nearly kills Frollo. Frollo crazed looks is really great to see.

Nicolas Eustache Maurin

Nicolas Eustache Maurin
Nicolas Eustache Maurin

This painting by Nicolas Eustache Maurin, depicts Esmeralda being taken to the gallow. You can tell she is still alive because her Mother, Sister Gudule is clinging to her and Gudule dies right before Esmeralda does. This painting is really tragic and really well rendered, it's almost heartbreaking

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      8 years ago

      Good works all, but my favorite is Esmeralda meets Phoebus.


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