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Photographer's Note

As batalay noted about my previous photo of The Bronze Horseman, its sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet cheated in trying to balance the horse on two hind legs and used a very sturdy tail to create a tripod. So I decided to post a close-up of the statue where the trick that the sculptor used is very visible.
The monument was built by order of the Empress Catherine the Great as a tribute to her famous predecessor on the Russian throne, Peter the Great. Being a German princess by birth, having no legal claim to the Russian throne and having gained her position through a palace coup, she was eager to establish a line of continuity with the earlier Russian monarchs and to represent herself as Peter's rightful heir.
For that reason an inscription on the monument reads in Latin and Russian: Petro Primo Catharina Secunda - To Peter the First from Catherine the Second, as an expression of her admiration for her predecessor and her view of her own place in the line of great Russian rulers.
The pedestal is made of a single piece of red granite molded into the shape of a cliff. From the top of this "cliff" Peter gallantly leads Russia forward, while his horse steps on a snake, which represents the enemies of Peter and his reforms.

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  • Copyright: Jenna Estelle (EstelleJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 119] (921)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-00
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/3.8, 1/400 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-11 7:48
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