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Monumento a Filippo IV, Madrid

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  • This wonderful bronze statue serves as the focal point for Plaza de Oriente on the east side of the royal palace. The statue depicts King Philip IV in armor on a rearing horse. Italian sculptor Pietro...  read more »
  • The sculpture of King Felipe IV located in the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid (between the Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre), this cosiderada as the best equestrian statue in the world (also known as the sculpture of the four geniuses). It is a work of the first third of the 17TH century made by the sculptor Prieto Tacca in Florence, the design is the work of the painter Velazquez which I make a copy of the equestrian portrait that performed for the King and that was in the Hall of kingdoms of the Palace of the Buen Retiro (today this picture is in the Prado Museum), copy sent to Florence (today is missing). By complicated to make a sculpture that only support by the hind legs of the horse (the first ever), the sculptor asked Council to the astronomer, physicist etc Galileo Galilee which I make the formulas physics and mathematics that sculpture is support on the hind legs of the horse. Finally as prieto sculptor Tacca could not perfectly in the face of the King, painter Velazquez commissioned to the great Spanish sculptor Montañez so he modelled in clay portrait of the King which was sent to Florence and added to Prieto Tacca mould for casting in bronze. Of is way have to the 4 geniuses that participated in this work master. This sculpture is raised in the gardens of the Buen Retiro which since the 17TH century until the 19TH century were part of the private gardens of the Royal Palace of Buen Retiro. In the mid-19TH century, after modifying urbanistically area of this ancient Palace destroyed by the French during the war of the independencua, Queen Isabel II the esntrego to the city of Madrid for the adornment of the villa, being placed in where today is. IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE CURIOSITIES OF MADRID AND THE GREAT MALLORIE LOCALS AND TOURISTS UNAWARE. (Surely if it was in a Museum and charge us for going to see her there would be long queues, but like this on the street at the sight of all or look at it)
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  • It is a masterpiece of equestrian statues, not only for its artistic quality, but also because of its technical characteristics. It is the first sculpture to horse of the world that this is only on its two hind legs, and discreetly also maintains on its tail. The work gets difficult balance thanks to a calculated study of the supporting points and the distribution of the pesosSe due to the sculptor Pietro Tacca, who was made in Italy using a Velázquez and design with the scientific advice of Galileo Galilei to ensure its stability.
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