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Hunchback of Notre Dame Sculpture

Updated on October 7, 2014

Sculptures Inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame as not only inspired countless film and stage adaptations but it's has also inspired artists from all media.

This page is focused on Sculpture from small and intimate to larger and grandiose. All of them pretty much depict Esmeralda.

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Antonio Rosetti - 1850

Antonio Rosetti 1850
Antonio Rosetti 1850

Like many of these Sculpture Esmeralda is featured with Dajli and her tambourine. It's made of marble. She topless and fabric draped over her lower half. She wears her amulet and has a bow in her hair.

I would suggest that by looking at her attire or rather the lack of it, she is supposed to be in Sanctuary although it could just be the artist's style.

This sculpture is very lovely and captures Esmeralda's beauty and sweetness as well as her love for Djali.

Statue of Quasimodo

Statue of Quasimodo
Statue of Quasimodo

Statuette of Quasimodo. He standing on the novel of The Hunchback of Notre Dame which is very cute.

You don't really get a sense of his facial deformities but the legs and slight hunch indicate his other deformities to the viewer.

This statuette is made from cast metal which gives Quasimodo a warmth though it's ironic that there is not a Quasimodo sculpture made from stone as that is a classic line from the novel where he bemoans the fact that he wasn't made of stone.

Edouard Charles Marie Houssin - 1885

Edouard Charles Marie Houssin Esmeralda (large)
Edouard Charles Marie Houssin Esmeralda (large)

This is a Statue of Esmeralda Dancing with Djali. It about 3 feet tall (47 1/4 inches) and it's cast bronze. She is wearing a coin headband and necklace. The word "Phoebus" is spell out on the carpet.

It really lovely as it depicts Esmeralda and Djali dancing.

Emmanuel Villanis - 1890

Emmanuel Villanis, Bust of Esmeralda 1890
Emmanuel Villanis, Bust of Esmeralda 1890

This is a bust of Esmeralda. It's in the Art Nouveau style. You can't make it in this picture but "Esmeralda" is written at the bottom along with flower details.

It made out of cast bronze and it a rather nice depiction of Esmeralda. Headscarfs were a 1800s Gypsy indicator.

Emmanuel Villanis - 1895

Emmanuel Villanis Esmeralda
Emmanuel Villanis Esmeralda

This statue of Esmeralda is 18 inches, so it is actually a statuette. Esmeralda is written on the front. She wears a low-cut off-the-shoulder belted peasant-type dress. She is barefoot. A tasseled purse hangs from her belt. In her right hand she holds playing cards. Her left hand supports a tambourine that carries more playing cards. Her hair is long and she wears a kerchief on her head. She wears her amulet around her neck. Her features are strong, yet still youthful and sweet, which is the way Esmeralda should look.

Maria Dillon

Maria Dillon
Maria Dillon

This statue of Esmeralda and Djali is by Maria Dillon. It depicts Esmeralda sitting down with her head resting on her tambourine. She has a dreamy look on her face while Djali looks up in a concerned manner.

Raymond Sudre

Raymond Sudre
Raymond Sudre

This is really two Stautes; Esmeralda with Djali and Quasimodo.

Quasimodo is bowing to Esmeralda in reverence, which fits his character. Esmeralda stand above him on a higher level. She hold her signature tambourine and has her other hand on Djali. She looks unmoved by Quasimodo's reverence, which is fitting of her character.

Hippolyte Francois Moreau

Hippolyte Francois Moreau
Hippolyte Francois Moreau

These two statues by Hippolyte Francois Moreau are very similar so that I both then together. The one with exposed breast is 82 cm. It made of bronze and is mounted on a mottled red marble.

These are my favorite sculptures of Esmeralda. The dancing looking very fluid and graceful and she seems to be in mid pose like she is about switch positions. She looks very young and sweet but with a hint of allure, which suits her character perfectly. Also the connection between her and Djali is delightful.

Statue of Gina Lollobrigida

statue of Gina Lollobrigida
statue of Gina Lollobrigida

This is a statue of Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda. Gina Lollobrigida played Esmeralda in the 1956 French film adaptation called Notre Dame de Paris.

This staue is in Pietrasanta Natale, Italy. It has some gold elements. It fearures her in mid dance with flowing skirt and Djali standing on two legs. the motion is this sculpture is really stunning. Every aspect of the statue is so expressive, the arms and the skirt in particular are very expressive.

It really captures Gina Lollobrigida's portrayal as Esmeralda perfectly in that she is free-spirited and daring.

Disney Esmeralda in Bronze

Disney Esmeralda in Bronze
Disney Esmeralda in Bronze

This a broanze statuette of Disney's Esmeralda. It's housed at the Toon Studio, Walt Disney Studios Park.

It may look simple but this statuette captures Disney's Esmeralda nicely. It gets her bold personally perfect but want makes this statuette stand out is all the little details. You can see her hoop earring admits her hair, the knot on her hip scare, her anklet, her feet and the cobble stone base she is standing on.

Esmeralda by Armani

Esmeralda  by Armani
Esmeralda by Armani

This is a sexier version of Esmeralda by Armani. It's made of porcelain.

This is a very lovely and bold version of Esmeralda which is clearly not based on the book but on it's own it nice interpretation of Esmeralda. The motion is wonderful.

Armani Gypsy Girl

Armani Figurine Gypsy
Armani Figurine Gypsy

Though technically not officially Esmeralda, this figurine looks like Disney's Esmeralda doesn't it? It's 13 inches and is made of porcelain.

This is a really lovely statuette. She looks coy and flirtatious yet strong which are not Esmeralda's traits but since this is more inspired by Disney's version it does't matter. I really love the skirt it's is very pretty.

Which one of these sculptures do you like the best?

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What do think of the Sculptures? Which on is your Favorite????

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      5 years ago

      Love all of them but Emmanuel Villanis - 1895 - Esmeralda is exactaly how I saw her reading the book. He captured the essence of Esmeralda. You said it right, strong features, but sweet and young.

      I also like the Maria Dillon Esmeralda very much, but strangely she looks a lot like my older sister.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful. I like the first sculpture inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


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