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Saint Petersburg. The Copper Horseman.
St. Petersburg


Copper horseman is a monument to Peter I on a Senatskaya Square in St.-Petersburg. The monument has received the name thanks to well-known to A.S.Pushkin's poem "The Copper Horseman" though actually it is made of bronze. Peter's equestrian statue is executed by sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet in 1768-1770. Peter's head was moulded by schoolgirl Falkonet, Marie-Anne Collot. The snake, on a plan of Falkonet has moulded by F. Gordeyev. Casting of a statue under the direction of master Emelyan Khailov has been finished in 1778. The monument has been solemnly opened on August, 7th, 1782. On a twist of fate on its opening of Falkonet and was not presented.

The Bronze Horseman (Russian  literally "The Copper Horseman") is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great by Étienne Maurice Falconet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is also the name of a narrative poem written by Aleksandr Pushkin about the statue in 1833, widely considered to be one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue came to be known as the Bronze Horseman because of the great influence of the poem. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. In his correspondence with Catherine the Great, Denis Diderot suggested French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet, a friend of his. The empress followed his advice, and Falconet arrived in Russia in 1766.

The statue itself is about 6 m (20 feet) tall, while the pedestal is another 7 m (25 feet) tall, for a total of approximately 13 m (45 feet).


Copyright: Stanislaw Mikulski
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Taken: 12/09/2009
Uploaded: 01/02/2010


Tags: saint petersburg; copper horseman; monument; senatskaya square; falconet
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