Sculptures Inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame has not only inspired many countless film and stage adaptations but it's has also inspired artists from all media.
This page is focuses on Sculptures from small and intimate to larger and grandiose. All of them pretty much depict Esmeralda as she a perfect muse; beautiful, graceful and tragic
Antonio Rosetti - 1850
Like many of these Sculptures, Esmeralda is featured with Dajli and her tambourine. This one is 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
This statuette is of Quasimodo. He is 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 the 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
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 as well as Djali spelling trick.
Emmanuel Villanis - 1890
This is a bust of Esmeralda. It's in the Art Nouveau style. You can see that "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
This statue of Esmeralda is only 18 inches high, 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.
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.
This is really two Stautes; Esmeralda with Djali and Quasimodo.
Quasimodo is bowing to Esmeralda in reverence, which fits his character. Esmeralda stands 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
These two statues by Hippolyte Francois Moreau are very similar to each other. 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
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 statue is in Pietrasanta Natale, Italy. It has some gold elements. It features her in mid dance with flowing skirt and Djali standing on two legs. The motion in this sculpture is really stunning. Every aspect of the statue is so expressive from the arms and the movement in the skirt
It really captures Gina Lollobrigida's portrayal as Esmeralda perfectly in that she is free-spirited and daring.
Disney Esmeralda in Bronze
This is a bronze statuette of Disney's Esmeralda. It's housed at the Toon Studio, In Disneyland Paris, along with other bronze statuettes of other Disney characters.
It may look simple but this statuette captures Disney's Esmeralda very nicely. It gets her bold personally perfect but want makes this statuette stand out are all the little details. You can see her hoop earring against her hair, the knot on her hip scarf, her anklet, her feet and the cobble stone base.
Esmeralda by Armani
This is a sexier version of Esmeralda. It's by Armani and it is made from 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.
Not sure if this was intentional or not but the costume is this figurine of Esmeralda looks very similar to an old cartoon version of Hunchback often called the Jetlag version. It's probably just a coincidence.
Armani Gypsy Girl
Though technically not officially Esmeralda, this figurine looks a lot like Disney's Esmeralda doesn't it? It's 13 inches and is made from 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 adore the skirt, it's is very pretty.
Jim Shore Esmeralda figure
This a brand new offering at ShopDisney (or which I have no affiliation.)
It was designed by Jim Shore and depicts Disney's Esmeralda dancing with Djali.
It's made from resin and is adorable.
It came out in February 2021.
What do think of the Sculptures? Which on is your Favorite????
Keira on February 18, 2015:
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.
Laniann on June 17, 2011:
Beautiful. I like the first sculpture inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame.