La France renaissante

The sculpture La France Renaissante is an equestrian sculpture created in 1930. The sculpture was meant to portray Jeanne d’Arc, but the municipal authorities of Paris did not want to accept this gift of the Danish people to Paris as such, as the rider, in their opinion, was portrayed to warlike and not matching the iconography and neither the desired image of the heroine. To avoid a diplomatic conflict the Danish ambassy, who worked on the project since 1930, changed the name with as a result that the sculpture could be inaugurated in 1958 as La France Renaissante (whatever that may mean in this context) thus depriving this work of art of the status of statue.

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