SOUFFLOT, Jacques-Germain
(b. 1713, Irancy, d. 1780, Paris)

View of the pediment

begun 1756
Panthéon, Paris

A heavy pediment emphasizes the dignity of the main entrance; this dominates the vast esplanade planned around the church and partially closed in by Soufflot's Ecole de Droit (designed 1763; built from 1771). The sculpture of the pediment was executed by David d'Angers.