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There is no richer sculpture city in Russia than the Northern capital. If you pay attention to each work that is available to everyone, the article will turn into an extensive essay, so we will focus on the main masterpieces.
Talk about sculptures of Peter it makes sense to start with the most famous - The Bronze Horseman. The creation of Falcone, which in no way became famous in the homeland and was not considered an outstanding master, immediately became a symbol of the imperial capital, and not just a monument to its founder. On a rearing horse trampling a snake, extending his hand over the abyss, the first Russian emperor confidently sits crowned with a wreath of triumph. Since its inception, the monument has grown with numerous legends and traditions. Perhaps in Russian literature there is no more mentioned sculpture. A visit to Senate Square to the monument is an indispensable part of any tour of St. Petersburg.
Among the royal sculptures, a monument to Catherine the Great in the park near the Alexandrinsky Theater should be definitely noted. Mikeshin, Opekushin and Chizhov worked on the monument. Around the base of the monument, the authors placed sculptural images of the greatest statesmen of the era of Catherine, turning the monument into a monument not only to the Empress, but to the entire great era.
The equestrian statue of Nicholas the First on St. Isaac's Square, a recognized artistic and engineering masterpiece (the statue has only two pillars!) Created by Montferrand, was recognized even by the Bolshevik government and escaped destruction.
Monument to Alexander III, placed in the courtyard of the Marble Palace, the creation of an Italian with the Russian name Trubetskoy. One of the most controversial sculptural images of St. Petersburg. Heavy, powerful, she became a monument to the rule of the tough and rude emperor.
Among the royal sculptures, a special place is occupied by the image of Peter the Great in the Peter and Paul Fortress. The author of the sculpture Shemyakin scrupulously observed all the true proportions of the emperor’s body, but the result has caused and still causes fierce debate, due to the unusual appearance and disproportionately small head. Despite this, the sculpture of the emperor is a favorite place for photographing tourists.
The collection of sculptures of the Summer Garden is a recognized treasury of the Northern capital. At the core of the statue belong to the first third of the 18th century, most often these are copies of antique originals made in marble. Heroes of myths, allegorical images, busts of historical figures. Each sculpture makes the viewer carefully peer into the details, enjoy the plasticity and drama of the images.
In the center of the garden is a monument to Krylov. The author of the sculpture, Baron Klodt, depicted a fabulist sitting on a pedestal decorated with images of the heroes of the fables of the great writer.
Embankments and bridges of St. Petersburg
The granite embankments of North Palmyra are also decorated with interesting sculptures worthy of special attention. Numerous lions, griffins, sphinxes brought from Manchuria, Egypt, created in Russia, create a unique look of sculptural Petersburg, its special charm and unique atmosphere.
It is not always possible to find a few minutes in the bustle of Nevsky Prospekt to linger on Anichkov bridge and carefully consider the ingenious composition of four equestrian statues of Baron Klodt. Taming the horse - as the author called his composition, filled with symbolic meaning - Man is the winner of nature.
City genre sculpture
A fairly recent tradition, to erect monuments to representatives of various professions, has taken root in St. Petersburg and organically fit into the urban surroundings. Monument to the city, a water carrier, a horse-drawn horse, a lamplighter, a janitor - enliven the city landscape, attract tourists and more fully reveal such a rich and rich history of the city.
Finally, the smallest sculpture of St. Petersburg is a monument to the fawn-fawn on the Fontanka embankment. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the hero of the monument is a bird from the old St. Petersburg liver about a disorderly pichug, drinking vodka on the banks of the same Fontanka, where you can see it today.
I must say that the sculptural collections of the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, as well as the Museum of Urban Sculpture, are worthy of a separate review, because their value, vastness and diversity make it impossible to tell about everything in one article.
Do not miss the chance to get acquainted with the museums of St. Petersburg. To do this, we created a separate page. In general, follow the link - you will see everything for yourself.