City Sensations: Philip IV Monument

City Sensations: Philip IV Monument


Isn’t this bronze statue of Philip IV (1605-1665) in Plaza de Oriente beautiful? We bet you don’t know the entire story behind it!

Did you know that it was modelled after a Velázquez painting? Like this one in the Prado Museum, for example.


And that because the horse’s front legs are both in the air there was a problem constructing it? They had to fill the back to make it heavier and leave the front hollow so that it would balance properly and not fall over.


Even more beautiful now, isn’t it?

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