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Jeanne d'Arc, Paris

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Jeanne d'Arc is a gilded bronze equestrian sculpture of Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet inaugurated in 1874.HistoryThe original statue was commissioned by the French government after the defeat of the country in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. It is the only public commission of the state from 1870 to 1914, called the Golden Age of statuary in Paris, the other statues were funded by private subscriptions.The sculptor took as his model Aimée Girod (1856–1937), a young woman from Domrémy, Joan of Arc's village in Lorraine.The statue was inaugurated in 1874. The pedestal was designed by the architect Paul Abadie.The artist, who made another version of the monument for the city of Nancy in 1889, replaced the horse of the Parisian monument 10 years later by a copy of the smaller Nancy one, which earned him criticism.The monument was classified as a historic monument on March 31, 1992.Reviving a tradition from the far-right leagues, on every May Day, the National Front holds an annual ceremony in her honour at the statue.LocationsThe original work is located at the Place des Pyramides, in Paris, near where Joan of Arc was wounded during her failed attempt to take Paris.Other copies can be seen at: Nancy, France, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon, Melbourne, Australia.
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  • Jeanne d'Arc is much revered in France and her statue in a small square opposite the Louvre is very lovely. Every time I passed by the day was grey and rainy but she must look truly fabulous in the su...  more »
  • As much as I enjoyed the colorful fountains of the Place de la Concorde or the equestrian statue of King Louis XIV towards the Louvre, I didn't like this monument too much because of the yellow color. It lacks details and really, I don't think this one is very pretty. In fact, it's the color that bothers me. I think it would be prettier if it were two-tone, one color for the horse and another for Joan of Arc.
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