Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of France used his mother as the model for Liberty’s face and his girlfriend as the model for her body.
The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
Work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s due to the troubled political situation in France.
Representations of Liberty appeared in popular and civic art at the time, and Thomas Crawford’s Statue of Freedom atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building is an example.
Dr. Freud will see you now, Monsieur Bartholdi.