Fabisch, Joseph-Hughues

BORN 19 Mar 1812, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône - DIED 7 Sep 1886, Lyon
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de Loyasse, 43, rue du Cardinal-Gerlier (89, Chapelle Testenoire)

Joseph-Hughues Fabisch started as a sculptor in Saint-Étienne in 1840 where he held a position at the University. In 1845 he moved to Lyons, where he became a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts. he also became official sculptor to the diocese of Lyon. He had a studio on the quays of the Saône and in 1852 he created the Virgin that was placed on top of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. The unveiling of this statue on December 8th resulted in the fête des lumières (festival of lights) in Lyons.

In 1863 he visited Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes who told him about her visions of the Virgin Mary. In 1864 he created a staue of the Virgin for the grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes. In 1868 a Madonna with Child followed for the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Lourdes. In 1874 he became the director of the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyons. He died in that city in 1886.


Antoine Duclaux and Joseph-Hughes Fabisch were buried at the Chapelle Testenoire at the Loyasse cimetière, Lyon.
Picture by Androom (03 Dec 2007)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003

Fabrizi, Aldo

Published: 11 Apr 2015
Last update: 16 May 2020