Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, 1915
Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876–1973)

This monumental equestrian statue depicts the French national hero, Joan of Arc (ca. 1412–1431).  This figure, in full armor, stands from the stirrups of her horse, poised to go into battle, her body and gaze turned towards the sky. Her arm is raised with sword in hand as her steed strides forward.

The figure reflects Joan’s pride, calm, and confidence at the start of the 1428–1429 Siege of Orléans, when she led French troops to victory against the English during the Hundred Years’ War.

Anna Hyatt Huntington was a notable, thriving figure in American sculpture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, one of the few women in the world engaged in the profession at the time. Her love of animals derived from her father, the renowned paleontologist and zoologist Altheus Hyatt, and inspired her early subject matter, the animal sculptures for which she is best known.

Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876–1973)
Joan of Arc, 1915
Bronze on granite base
Gift of Archer M. Huntington
1926.160

 

Listen to Martin Chapman, Curator in Charge of European Art, provide his perspective on Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Joan of Arc.

 
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