Horse Statues
Horse Art And Sculpture

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Horse Statues

Horse Statues
Statues are pieces of sculpture that are often close to life size and often represent a specific horse or person. They are free standing forms of art and can be put into two categories either an Equine or Equestrian Statue.

Making A Bronze Statue
There are three methods that can be used to make a bronze statue, the hammering method, the casting method and the lost wax method, each method requires a great amount of skill from the artist.

History Of Horse Statues
These magnificent forms of art were produced as early as Ancient Greece and as the popularity of horse sculptures grew they were often used as a means of celebrating an important leader or figure of the time.

Ancient Greece
The Acropolis at Athens is a world Heritage site and it was here that the statue of the Rampin Rider was uncovered. Thought to be from around 550BC the statue is made of marble and shows a Kouros astride a horse, a kouros is the modern term given to a male youth.

Ancient Rome
Bronze statues produced during this time were melted down after use and used either to make other statues or to be used for coins and so there is unfortunately only one statue that survived from this period. The statue is of Marcus Aurelius and was not melted down because it was mistaken to be that of the Christian emperor Constantine.

Michelangelo designed a special pedestal for the statue to rest on which now stands with the original statue at the Capatoline Museum. A replica of the statue has been positioned in its original position at Capitoline Hill.

During the Renaissance statues were produced of the Condottieri or mercenaries in the Italian Renaissance. The artist Donattelo produced a magnificent statue of Erasmo of Narni also known as Gattamelata. The statue stands in the square of Padua, Italy which he became a dictator of in 1437.

Another well known statue is that of Bartolomeo Colleoni a condottiere, the statue is situated in Venice and was sculpted by Verroccio.

The artist Giambologna produced the fantastic statue of Cosimo I de' Medici who was the first Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1569, the statue is in Florence and was the first statue to show a ruler rather than a condottiere.

The artist Tacca produced the colossal equestrian bronze of Philip IV, it begun in 1634 and was shipped to Madrid in 1640, the sculpture atop a fountain forms the centrepiece of the facade of the Royal Palace, the horse in the statue rears and the entire weight of the sculpture balances on the two rear legs and the tail this was the first time that this feat had been attempted on such a heroic scale.

18th Century
In the United Kingdom, Bristol at the Queen Square, there is the Equestrian statue of King William III which was by John Michael Rysbrack in 1736.

19th Century
There is a Equestrian statue of King George IV in Trafalgar Square, London which was done around the 1840's and also a statue of King Charles I.

In the United States there is a an equestrian statue, called the George Washington Monument that is situated in Richmond, Virginia and was created by Thomas Crawford in 1857.

In Chantilly, France the equestrian statue of Constable Anne de Montmorency stands, it was done by Paul Dubois in 1886.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the equestrian statue of Joan of Arc can be found, which was done by Emmanuel Frémiet in 1890.

You will find the equestrian statue of General Faidherbe at Richebé Lille which was by Antonin Mercié and was done in 1896. There is also the equestrian statue of Marshal Foch by Edgar Boutry at Lille also.

20th Century
In the United Kingdom, Cardiff there is the Equestrian statue of Godfrey Morgan by Sir Goscombe John in 1909 and is at Gorsedd Gardens.

In the United States, Denver, Colarado there is the magnificent equestrian statue called Buckaroo which was by Alexander Phimister Proctor in 1920.

In Caen, France there is the equestrian statue of Bertrand du Guesclin which is by Arthur Le Duc in 1922.

The equestrian statue of King Louis IX is in front of the Basilique du Sacré-Cur, Paris and is by Hippolyte Lef bvre and was done in 1927.

In New York City there is the Roosevelt Memorial which is in front of the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and was done by James Earle Fraser in 1940.

Also in Caen, France also is the equestrian statue of Jeanne d'Arc. This statue was erected in Algiers in 1931, and then moved to Caen in 1964.

In Boyle, Ireland in 1999 there is the statue of Gaelic Chieftain by Maurice Harron at the Curlew Pass, the statue is on the site of where the Battle of Curlew Pass took place.

21st Century
In Dombóvár, Greece there is the Monument to Sebestyén Tinódi Lantos which is by Dávid Raffay and was completed in 2000.

At the Kentucky Horse Park in 2004, positioned in the Secretariat Plaza is the beautiful statue of Secretariat who won racing's Triple Crown, Secretariat is being led by his groom Eddie Sweat and ridden by Ron Turcotte.

The Giant White Horse statue will be positioned in Springhead Park, Kent and has been designed by the former Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger. The horse will be standing on all four hooves at 33 times life-size which will make it around a staggering 164 feet high.

Equestrian Statues From Around The World
There are many magnificent equine and equestrian statues around the world, here are just a few of them:

Equestrian Statues In Italy

Equestrian Statues Around The World Continued:

American Equestrian Statues

United Kingdom Equestrian Statues

Equestrian Statues In France

Equestrian Statues In Argentina

Equestrian Statues In Australia

Equestrian Statues In Austria

Equestrian Statues In Belgium

Equestrian Statues In Brazil

Equestrian Statues In Canada

Equestrian Statues in Denmark

Equestrian Statues In Germany

Equestrian Statues In Greece

Equestrian Statues In Luxemburg

Equestrian Statues In Mexico City