C. A. Rosetti statue
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.
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.