Quotes from the book ‘From Marcus Aurelius to Kim Jong-il’
……… Many sculptures not meeting all the criteria for an equestrian statue are, however, so interesting and noteworthy that I want to pay attention to them, not only in Part 2 of this book, but also more specifically here. In Annexe 2, I have listed the most noteworthy of them per category, as mentioned below.
……….These sculptures have a long history. The Scaliger Tombs, a group of five monuments in Verona (Italy), are outstanding examples of Gothic art, dating from the fourteenth century. Three tombs are topped with stone equestrian sculptures of members of the ruling family in Verona from the thirteenth to the late fourteenth century: the Scaliger family
……………..An exquisite portrayal of Saint George was cast in 1373 by two Romanian sculptors, the brothers Martin and George of Cluj. It was the first known equestrian sculpture to decorate an open space. The original is in the National Gallery of the Czech Republic in Prague. The most beautiful copies I have seen are in the courtyard of Prague Castle and in Cluj-Napoca, the hometown of the sculptors.
…………….The war memorial in Galashiels, Scotland, by Thomas J. Clapperton, a native of the town, shows a border freebooter from the seventeenth century. The memorial, unveiled in 1925 by Field Marshal Douglas Haig, was built to commemorate the 635 men from the town killed during World War I; a strikingly large proportion of the pre-war population of 14,500.
………………By far the most popular hero on horseback from literature is Don Quixote, often accompanied by Sancho Panza on his donkey. Equestrian sculptures of this hidalgo, created by the novelist Miguel de Cervantes, can be found in many places: from Bulgaria to Japan, from Cuba to the US, and of course in Spain. In Madrid, we find the huge Cervantes monument with the equestrian sculpture by Lorenzo Coullaut Valera.
………………….A book about equestrian statues would not be complete without paying attention to the intriguing equestrian sculptures by Marino Marini (1901–1980). Marini was a famous Italian sculptor, known for his highly stylized equestrians. As a matter of fact, his equestrian sculptures were an important inspiration for me to write this book. Pictured here is…………….