The well known American Smithsonian Museum has revealed that the Statue of Liberty “originally intended to represent a female Egyptian peasant as a Colossus of Rhodes for the Industrial Age. ”
Many people would be surprised as it was gifted by the French to the United States to celebrate it’s alliance after the French revolution. However, the roots of the statue were Arabian. The 44 feet tall statue was designed by French named rédéric-Auguste Bartholdi but he found inspiration from Egypt.
The following is an excerpt from the Smithsonian:
The statue’s designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was also French, but he found inspiration in a very different place: Egypt. In 1855, he visited Nubian monuments at Abu Simbel, which feature tombs guarded by gigantic colossus figures. Bartholdi became fascinated by the ancient architecture, developing what the National Park Service calls a “passion for large-scale public monuments and colossal structures.” Eventually, he channeled that passion into a proposal for the inauguration of the Suez Canal.
Bartholdi envisioned a colossal monument featuring a robe-clad woman representing Egypt to stand at Port Said, the city at the northern terminus of the canal in Egypt. To prep for this undertaking, Barry Moreno, author of multiple books about the statue, writes that Bartholdi studied art like the Colossus, honing the concept for a figure called Libertas who would stand at the canal. “Taking the form of a veiled peasant woman,” writes Moreno, “the statue was to stand 86 feet high, and its pedestal was to rise to a height of 48 feet.” Early models of the statue were called “Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia.”
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