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We were at the Pont Alexandre III when we took these high definition photos of one of the golden statues called Renommee des Sciences, which was sculpted by Emmanuel Fremiet for the famous bridge over the River Seine.

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Renommee des Sciences statue by Emmanuel Fremiet
This first HD photo shows a close up of the golden equestrian statue called the Renommee des Sciences, and with four of these in total they are designed to represent Pegasus being held by Fame, so hence this one is sometimes referred to as the Fame of the Sciences.
Renommee des Sciences on Pont Alexandre III north west column
Now the Pont Alexandre III was constructed for the 1900 World Exhibition and classed as the most ornate bridge in Paris, many different artists were commissioned to produce different statues to adorn the pillars, which are a height of 17 metres to help act as counterweights for this low bridge.
Pont Alexandre III with golden statue Renommee des Sciences
Although this particular gilded statue is most definitely called the Renommee des Sciences, some places do refer to it as the Renommee de l'Agriculture, and this was started to be sculpted in 1897, with the finished version being put in place just prior to the official inauguration of the Pont Alexandre III in 1900.
Renommee des Sciences statue and the north west column
So this high definition photo shows the Fame of the Sciences with the Grand Palais behind, that was also constructed for the 1900 World Fair in Paris, and this statue is located on the right bank in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris and is the downstream statue, which means this would be on your right hand side if you are looking at the bridge from the river bank.
Renommee des Sciences statue east side
When it comes to Greek mythology, one of the most well known and recognised creatures is that of a winged stallion called Pegasus, with his father being the God Poseidon and his mother being Medusa, which is why this is one of the statues often referred to as Pegasus held by Fame.
Pont Alexandre III NW corner Renommee des Sciences statue
However, Pegasus is recognised throughout the world, and has the same name in Roman mythology and in many different languages, and the symbol of the winged horse has been used over the centuries in paintings and sculptures, plus it is still used as an emblem by companies and different institutions today.
NW Pegasus statue on Pont Alexandre III
This next photograph shows a different angle of the Renommee des Sciences statue, where you can see the mythical horse Pegasus with its wings far more easily, and this was sculpted by famous French artist Emmanuel Fremiet.
Renommee des Sciences statue west side
But in this image you can see a different angle again, and looking at the objects at the base of the gilded statue, you can understand why this is sometimes referred to as the Renommee de l'Agriculture instead of Fame of the Sciences.
NW Pegasus being held by Fame statue
Now as we mentioned earlier, the Renommee des Sciences statue was produced by Emmanuel Fremiet who was born on 6th December 1824 and initially started out as a lithographer, yet he had a passion for animals and sculpture, which was what he became famous for.
Renommee des Sciences statue front view
In fact, Emmanuel Fremiet produced a well known tourist attraction in Paris depicting an equestrian statue of Joan of Arc that can be found at the Place des Pyramides close to the Musee du Louvre, yet he was also commissioned to produce two of the gilded statues on the Pont Alexandre III.
Fame of the Sciences statue Pont Alexandre III
So, Emmanuel Fremiet, who was once a pupil of the French sculptor Francois Rude, sculpted this statue called the Renommee des Sciences or Fame of the Sciences, along with the second gilded statue on the right bank of the Pont Alexandre III bridge, which is called the Renommee des Arts, yet numerous other statues and sculptures by Fremiet can be found throughout Paris.
NW golden winged horse statue Alexandre III bridge
Yet this last image shows the gilded equestrian statue looking up the tall pillar on this famous and most ornate bridge in Paris, which was declared an historical monument back in 1975 and originally named after the Tsar of Russia, Alexander III, after the Franco-Russian Alliance was concluded in 1892.

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