C. A. Rosetti statue

C.A.Rosetti statue, Bucharest, public art, W.Hegel

Public Art : C. A. Rosetti statue

Sculptor: © Wladimir Hegel (1839 , Poland - 1918 )

Description: The bronze statue of Constantin Alexandru Rosetti (2nd June, 1816 – 8th April, 1885) depicts the Romanian literary and political leader seated in quiet contemplation in an armchair. On the pedestal are two metal bas-reliefs depicting important moments in Romanian history:  the first entitled  “January 24th 1859" depicting scenes of the Unification of the Romanian States, and the second entitled "May 9th 1877", depicting scenes from the proclamation of Romania’s state independence.

Date Unveiled: 1902

Cast: The statue was cast at the Bucharest School for Arts and Occupations

Location: The statue of Constantin Alexandru Rosetti is located in Rosetti Square, Bucharest, Romania.

Inscription:

C. A. Rosetti. 1816-1885. Enlighten and you will be. Will and you will have.

Who was Constantin Alexandru Rosetti? Constantin Alexandru Rosetti (2nd June, 1816 – 8th April, 1885) was a Romanian literary and political leader born in Bucharest.

A patriotic soul, Rosetti took part in the Wallachian Revolution of 1848. This was a revolt led by a group of young intellectuals and officers in the Wallachian Militia, who wanted to overturn the laws imposed by Imperial Russian authorities and overthrow Prince Gheorghe Bibescu. Rosetti became one of the first arrested by Prince Gheorghe Bibescu, who accused Rosetti of plotting to kill him. As soon as the provisional government came to power Rosetti was released and became chief of police and then director of the Ministry of the Interior. However, in September  Ottoman troops stormed into Bucharest and many revolutionists were arrested including Rosetti. His wife  Mary Grant, the sister of the English consul to Bucharest, Effingham Grant, was instrumental in gaining his release.

He and fellow revoluntionaires fled into exile in France. It would be another 13 years before he would return to Romania. In 1861 he was elected deputy and for a short time in 1866 he was the temporary Prime Minister of Romania. Between 1881 and 1882  he was Minister of the Interior.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Simon Akkerman and Doreena Nita for kindly providing the photos.

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