Friday, July 12, 2013

Peace's Quadriga

Peace riding in a triumphal chariot by François Joseph Bosio, 1828
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Place du Carrousel, 1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“It was originally surmounted by the famous horses of Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice, which had been captured in 1798 by Napoleon. In 1815, following the Battle of Waterloo and the Bourbon restoration, France ceded the quadriga to the Austrian empire which had annexed Venice under the terms of the Congress of Vienna. The Austrians immediately returned the statuary to Venice. The horses of Saint Mark were replaced in 1828 by a quadriga sculpted by Baron François Joseph Bosio, depicting Peace riding in a triumphal chariot led by gilded Victories on both sides. The composition commemorates the Restoration of the Bourbons following Napoleon's downfall.”

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

I think I have a similar photo somewhere...