Statue of Cervantes (Madrid)

Madrid, Spain

Statue of Cervantes (Madrid)

Miguel de Cervantes or the Statue of Cervantes (Spanish: Estatua de Cervantes) is an instance of public art in Madrid, Spain. Erected in 1835, it is dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It lies on the Plaza de las Cortes, in front of the Congress of Deputies.

By 1831 the Duke of San Fernando talked sculptor Antonio Solá about the prospect of creating a statue to pay homage to Cervantes. The Duke asked for permission to Ferdinand VII, yet the monarch seized the project for himself and charged Manuel Fernández Varela with the task of funding the monument instead.

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