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City Sensations: Philip IV Monument

City Sensations: Philip IV Monument

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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!

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

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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.

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Even more beautiful now, isn’t it?


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