Jeanne d'Arc (Place des Pyramides)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 48° 51.826 E 002° 19.930
31U E 451020 N 5412526
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.
Waymark Code: WMV53
Location: France
Date Posted: 10/14/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 237

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

Material: Bronze

Unusual Features: Gilded

Position: Two Hooves Raised

Identity of Horse: Not listed

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