The renowned sculptor from Valencia Mariano Benlliure, left his mark on the capital through different monuments. Now you have the opportunity to get to know his work up close thanks to four cultural tours of the capital, which we present to you today so that you can take them when we return to our longed-for normality. Let's get started!
In 2012, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the sculptor Mariano Benlliure, the Region of Madrid, through the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with the Madrid City Council, designed the four itineraries through the capital that we introduce you today.
The first itinerary passes by the surroundings of the Prado Museum and the Retiro Park and takes us to visit the monuments dedicated to the brilliant painter 'Francisco de Goya', to the fourth wife of Fernando VII 'Mª Cristina de Borbón', the king 'Alfonso XII', the journalist and Spanish lawyer 'Miguel Moya', to 'General Martínez Campos' and to 'Cuba'.
The second one goes around the centre of the capital and includes the sculptures dedicated to Bárbara de Braganza, Lieutenant Ruiz, the first Marquis of Santa Cruz de Marcenado 'Álvaro de Bazán'; as well as the sculpture group 'Edificio Metrópolis', the tombstone to José Canalejas and the monument to corporal Noval.
The third itinerary, which runs along Paseo de la Castellana and Chamberí to Paseo de Moret, includes the monuments to 'Emilio Castelar', 'Loreto Prado', 'Manuel Cassola', and the tombstones of brothers Serafín and Joaquín Álvarez Quintero, and José Nogales.
Finally, we finish our tour visiting the Pantheon of the Dukes of Denia, the Pantheon of Illustrious Men, the tomb of Miguel Moya, and the tomb of the Núñez Rubio family.
A total of 13 public monuments and 9 funerary monuments, 3 of which have disappeared to date, give a good account of the artistic production of Benlliure, whose work of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, followed the typology of the time commemorating facts and events.
More info: Mariano Benlliure en Madrid
Image credits: © Estatua ecuestre del Rey Alfonso XII - Comunidad de Madrid