Frederic Bartholdi


Frederic Bartholdi

Frederic Bartholdi liked to create big sculpture—really big sculpture. And he created one of the biggest, most famous sculptures in the world—all because he went to a dinner party.

Bartholdi, born in 1834 in Alsace, France, studied painting and architecture in Paris and in the Middle East. He became most interested in sculpture—big, patriotic sculpture. At a dinner party at the home of Edouard de Laboulaye in 1865, he became inspired by the discussion of a monumental gift from the people of France to the people of the United States to honor their mutual love of liberty. He decided to design a colossal statue.

On February 18, 1879, Bartholdi received a United States patent for his design of a statue. He called the statue, "Liberty Enlightening the World." It would become not only Batholdi's most famous work, but also a symbol of liberty recognized throughout the world.



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