The sculptors

The sculptors

Quotes from the book ‘From Marcus Aurelius to Kim Jong-Il’

It is not always clear who the sculptor of a statue was. In many cases there is more clarity about the dignitary or dignitaries who unveiled the statue or who took the initiative to erect it, but unfortunately, no mention of the artist or artists who created it. Nevertheless, I have been able to determine the sculptor of nearly three quarters of the equestrian statues

……………one of the biggest challenges of creating an equestrian statue is the combination of two dissimilar figures – the horse and the rider – into one harmonious unity.

…………….. the depiction of the horse is no less important than the likeness of the rider. Some famous sculptors, such as Emanuel Frémiet in France and Anna Vaughn Hyat-Huntington in the US, started off as ‘animaliers’: sculptors of animals. Some of their creations are among the best of the existing statues, not the least due to the character of their horses.

………………Giambologna (1529–1608) was an Italian sculptor in all but birth (as his original name – Jean de Boulogne – shows). He settled in Florence at the age of 24, and died there at the age of 79. The Medici never allowed him to leave Florence, as they rightly feared that either the Austrian or Spanish Habsburgs would entice him into permanent employment.

………………..As the creator of seven equestrian statues, Carlo Marochetti (1805–1867) was one of the most productive sculptors.

………………….Emmanuel Frémiet (1824–1910) devoted himself right from the start to being a sculptor of animals; an animalier

………………..Edward Clark Potter (1857–1923), an American sculptor, also created seven equestrian statues, some of these in co-operation with Daniel Chester French, who crafted the horses.

…………………Henri Kirke Brown (1814–1886) and his nephew Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857–1935), were the sculptors of seven equestrian statues in the US.

………………….Cyrus Edwin Dallin (1861–1944) created only one equestrian statue: of Paul Revere in Boston, and that not without pain.

…………………Anna Hyatt-Huntington (1876–1973) was an exceptional and highly productive American sculptress. She created at least seven equestrian statues and three equestrian sculptures.     …………………..Anna Hyatt-Huntington, working over a period of 70 years in a traditional, academic style, is recognized as one of world’s finest animal sculptors. Replicas of her statues and sculptures can be found all around the world.

………………………Louis Tuaillon (1862–1919) was a German sculptor. He sculpted four equestrian statues: Friedrich III in Bremen and in Cologne, Wilhelm II in Cologne and Friedrich Wilhelm III in Merseburg.. However, Tuaillon is most famous for his Mounted Amazon.