Joan of Arc
Saint Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), The Maid of Orléans (ca. 1412 - 1431)
national heroine of France, beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War
Equestrian statue depicting Joan of Arc riding into battle, on a pedestal with on the lef side a relief showing the medieval situation of the bridge at Compiègne and on the right side the date XXIII MAI MCCCCXXX.
Next to the statue eight flagpoles shaped as lances.
Signed: e. fremiet
On 23 May 1430 Jeanne d'Arc was captured outside the city walls of Compiègne when a detachment of French soldiers that she was leading encountered a much large Burgundian force.
The statue is a copy of the one in Paris on the Place des Pyramides .
Jeanne d'Arc - Timeline
- 1412 - Approx date of birth
- 1425 - Visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, who told her to drive out the English and bring the Dauphin to Rheims for his coronation
- 1428, May - Went to Vaucouleurs to ask garrison commander, Count Robert de Baudricourt, to send her to the royal French court at Chinon, but is sent away.
- 1429, February - Baudricourt allows Jeanne to join the Dauphin at Chinon.
- 1429, May 8 - Lifting of the siege of Orleans
- 1429, July 17 - Coronation of Charles VII in Reims
- 1430, May 23 - Captured at Compiègne
- 1431, May 30 - Executed at Rouen
- 1871 - After the defeat of 1871, in many French towns and villages statues of Jeanne d'Arc are erected.
- Emmanuel Frémiet (Paris 1824 - 1910),
French sculptor, produced in 1874 the first equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, erected in the Place des Pyramides, Paris; this he afterwards (1889) replaced with another version
Sources & Information
- Bernard Mugnier, La statuaire johannique du XVIe au XXe siècle (Vesoul: l'auteur, 2008), p. 208.
- Wikipedia, Cultural depictions of Joan of Arc.
- Jean-Marc Bodson, Modèle français (Bruxelles: Husson, 2008), no. 52.
- Kees van Tilburg, From Marcus Aurelius to Kim Jong-il: The story of equestrian statues throughout the ages (Amstelveen, 2017). – see also the Equestrian statue website.
Location (N 49°25'14" - E 2°49'21")
Item Code: frpi014; Photograph: 24 May 2011
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