Bronze statue representing Nicolas de Condorcet (1743-1794), mathematician, philosopher of the Enlightenment and politician who prepared people’s minds for the Revolution, victim of the Terror, by the sculptor Jacques Perrin.

Original location: 13 quai de Conti, 6th arrondissement, Paris (France). Material: Bronze

Morphology: statue

Year: 1894

Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis of Condorcet (17 September 1743 – 29 March 1794), known as Nicolas de Condorcet, was a French philosopher and mathematician. His ideas, including support for a liberal economy, free and equal public instruction, constitutional government, and equal rights for women and people of all races, have been said to embody the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment, of which he has been called the “last witness”, and Enlightenment rationalism. A critic of the constitution proposed by Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles in 1793, the Convention Nationale — and the Jacobin faction in particular — voted to have Condorcet arrested. He died in prison after a period of hiding from the French Revolutionary authorities.

Jacques Perrin, born Mamert Jacques Perrin in Lyon on July 30, 1847 and died in Paris (9th arrondissement) on October 8, 1915, is a French sculptor. A student of Auguste Dumont at the Paris School of Fine Arts, Jacques Perrin won the second Prix de Rome for sculpture in 1875. He debuted at the Salon of 1879, and presented works there until 1910.

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