One historian has recently made the argument that the model for Lady Liberty was not Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s mother, as is typically believed, but instead his brother.
In Elizabeth Mitchell’s book “Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure To Build the Statue of Liberty,” she outlines her argument that the statue doesn’t really look like Bartholdi’s mother.
She told the New York Post,
“As I was looking at it more carefully, the structure of the face isn’t really the same. [His mother] has a more arched eyebrow, has a thinner nose, has thinner lips, even in her youth. And he was a bust-maker … and was known for his accuracy.”
Around the time Bartholdi was working on the statue, he would visit his mentally ill brother once a week. Mitchell argues that by Bartholdi chose to use his face as a way to make him “still live in the world.”
Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, supposedly the model, standing next to the face of the Statue of Liberty.
Yesterday, "Fox & Friends" discussed the controversy with New York University Professor Edward Berenson who says there is no way the statue depicts a man.
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