Félix de Azara

Geology Museum (Parc de la Ciutadella)

Sculptor: Eduard B. Alentorn, signed
Architect: Antoni Rovira and Trias
Materials: White marble on stone pedestal
Inauguration: June 26, 1886

The neoclassic style building that houses the Museum of Geology of Barcelona is a symmetrical construction with a porch entrance to Coronado by a pediment on four SUPPORT columns of Ionian Order. The main façade, flanking the stairway access to the interior, are the statues of two characters on sentados, mayor of the natural size, sculpted by Edward B. Alentorn.

The figure that now occupies us represents the naturalist and military ingeniero illustrated by Félix de Azara and Perera (1746-1821). Realistic style, this work muestra the domain Extraordinary Technology of the marble sculpture that had its author, especially noticeable in perfect imitation of the pliegues Clothing -incluyendo the high boot that calzada Personaje representation of the con which sostiene the left hand rolled to a papel ago alusión to its important geographical and cartographic work. Por otro lado, the mammals of the family of the Mustélidos representation with its Cría trepando by the rock where is Sitting Azara, as well as the two birds climbing Pico robust and very wry represented on the other side, recuerdan its role as scholar the natural history and especially its research on the fauna of Paraguay and the Río de la Plata. Both Personaje del puesto, con la cabeza Miranda turned left, as their eloquent faces of Expression, a dynamism that are transmitted aleja figure is shown, that the rigidity otras obras realized by sculptors inexpert. There is to say that the modality of the figure is a variant relativamente infrecuente sat like statues in the typology of the main monuments. De hecho, its occurrences como hizo noticed Carlos Reyero in the study about the sculpture commemorating in Spain, fue consecuencia of the modas realistic and suele aplicarse to personajes in them the attitude seated constituye a dimension representative as Writers, artists and researchers Scientists to them that the ASOC calm and abstracted gesture with inner reflection.

  • S. Pere, S. Caterina i La Ribera
  • Parc de La Ciutadella


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