Article from Number 42 - 2018 - The construction of the national hero. François-Joseph Bosio and his monegasque memory
François-Joseph Bosio (1768-1845) was born in Monaco and lived in the principality until the age of seventeen. But it was in Paris, as a sculptor, that he won fame and glory. After his departure from the principality in 1785, he seems to have gradually adopted the French fatherland from which his orders came. However, after his death, his memory became an object of pride for the Monegasques. ln the context of the revival incarnated by the advent of Charles lll, the principality could only celebrate such a famous person. Driven by their patriotism, local writers, journalists, politicians and poets, each in their own way, commemorated a man who had to be connected to national history. Even today, while the memory of Bosio has declined in the memory of the French, he is still celebrated with flamboyance in Monaco.
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