Joan of Arc, Gilded Bronze, by Emmanuel Frémiet, 1874

Joan of Arc, gilded bronze, by Emmanuel Frémiet, 1874

In about 1874, Emmanuel Frémiet (French, 1824 – 1910) created a model for a life-size statue of Joan of Arc, the medieval hero who fought to liberate France. Six large-scale casts were eventually commissioned, including ones for Paris and Nancy, France, and one for Philadelphia. The Philadelphia sculpture currently stands across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 25th Street and Kelly Drive. The work seen here is a later reduction of the statue, a gilded bronze measuring 29 x 18 x 7 inches (73.7 x 45.7 x 17.8 cm).

This work can be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, European Painting Gallery 154, European Art 1850 – 1900, first floor (Annenberg Galleries). Accession Number: 1959-11-1.

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