Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

The Arc de Triomphe was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806 and its iconographic program pits heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments with triumphant patriotic messages.

La Paix de 1815 is one of the four main sculptural groups on one of the Arc’s pillars. La Paix de 1815, by Antoine Étex commemorates the Treaty of Paris, concluded in that year.

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