Lady Liberty has peered stoically across the New York Harbor every since she landed from France in this month in 1886. This got us wondering, who was the face of Statue of Liberty? Turns out it was the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s mother. Bartholdi’s wife didn’t quite make the cut for the face but served as the model for the arms and torso. Here is a painting of Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi–recognize the determined jaw? Another fun note: Bartholdi designed it, but Gustav Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower fame) did the structural engineering.

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4 thoughts on “Daily What?! Who was the Face of the Statue of Liberty?

  1. It was his brother, Jean-Charles’ face. Look at the full lips which his mother did not have. The “strong” jaw is that of a man, And, the nose and hard-looking, manish face looks exactly like the face of Jean-Charles who was frequently visited at the asylum by his brother at the time of the statue’s design stage. So I read…. but, anything could be the truth of it; we will never know for sure!

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