Jeanne d'Arc (Place des Pyramides)
N 48° 51.826 E 002° 19.930
31U E 451020 N 5412526
Quick Description: The statue of Joan of Arc erected here in 1874 was intended to help re-establish French confidence after the humiliating military defeat of 1870 by the Prussian army.
Date Posted: 10/14/2006 1:13:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMV53
The statue, having become a symbol of national reconquest up until World War I, became a place of pilgrimage for the royalist and traditionalist parties after the canonization of Joan in 1920.
Fremiet, usually an animal sculpter, was never satisfied with his work. He thought the horse was not to the same scale as the rider. He reproduced it upon the request of the city of Nancy in 1889, reducing the size of the horse, and added a muzzle to hide the head and removed the harness around the rear.
The first horse of the Parisian monument was replaced by a copy the size of the Nancy statue, 10 years later. The initiative provoked a stir from those who believed that an artist should never modify a work already displayed in the public.
Identity of Rider: Joan of Arc
Name of artist: Emmanuel Fremiet
Date of Dedication: 1872
Unusual Features: Gilded
Position: Two Hooves Raised
Identity of Horse: Not listed
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