The gilded statue of Jean d'Arc, the poor French peasant girl who inspired a country and led a victorious army before capture, inquisition by a panel of English judges, followed by death by flaming, burning torture in 1431, sits atop an equally gilded horse, proudly raises her banner high, and symbolizes the desire and struggle for freedom everywhere. Unlike our copy of "The Thinker" by August Rodin, near the museum of the same name located elsewhere on Ben Franklin Parkway, our statue of "Joan" is the real thing. The statue in Philadelphia was commissioned to Emmanuel Fremiet, the French sculptor, and is the ORIGINAL; a beautiful copy is on the Rue de Rivoli, on a square facing the Louvre, in central Paris.
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