Notre-Dame de Paris (in French) means “Our Lady of Paris” is a medieval Catholic Cathedral. The art world is paying a visual tribute to the ravaged cathedral. The fire that razed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral Monday night in Paris destroyed much of the iconic church’s roof and caused its famed spire to topple in a blaze that horrified French citizens at the scene and the millions watching live around the world.
As flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame and threatened to destroy the great Gothic cathedral, curators, architects, artists and other figures in the art world took to social media to express their horror at the destruction and hope that it could be saved.
After nine hours of flames, the blaze was contained, leaving the two towers standing along with much of the interior nave. Even as the fire still burned, French President Emmanuel Macron pledge to rebuild the Cathedral, and almost immediately, benefactors stepped up to organized funds to the project.
In a statement posted on Twitter by reporter William Plummer, Francois-Henri Pinault said he and his father would commit €100 million ($113 million) to the project.
President Macron has called for a fundraising campaign to help rebuild the French icon after the blaze, which took some 400 firefighters to put out.