Joan of Arc statue in Paris, France
Jeanne d’Arc is a gilded bronze equestrian sculpture of Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet inaugurated in 1874. The 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.
The original statue was commissioned by the French government following the defeat of the country in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. It is the only public commission of the French state during the period 1870-1914, called the Golden Age of statuary in Paris, the other statues were funded by private subscriptions. The sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet, took as his model Aimée Girod (1856-1937), a young woman from Domrémy, Joan of Arc’s village in Lorraine.