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Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

ca. 1898 – 1900

National Park Service, Museum Management Program

National Park Service, Museum Management Program
United States

Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi spent years developing his design for the Statue. He combined the Roman goddess Libertas with a “sunburst” symbolizing reason and enlightenment, a tablet marked “July 4, 1776” in Roman numerals, broken chains at the Statue’s feet signifying emancipation of the enslaved, and a torch that gave meaning to the sculpture’s name: Liberty Enlightening the World.

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