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Another one of Bronze Horseman, this time - in sepia toning. My first non-color photo attempt on TE.

More info about the history of the monument:

The statue is one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City. It's interesting that both of them were designed and built by French artists.
The statue itself is about 6 m tall, while the pedestal is another 7 m tall.
The statue's pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, claimed to be the largest stone ever moved by man (1,250 tonnes). In its original state the stone weighed about 1,500 tonnes. It was carved during transportation to its current site.
It took 12 years, from 1770 to 1782, to create the Bronze Horseman, including pedestal, horse and rider.

The tsar's face is the work of the young Marie-Anne Collot, then only 18 years old. She had accompanied the sculptor, Falconet, as an apprentice on his trip to Russia in 1766.
She modeled Peter the Great's face on his death mask and numerous portraits she found in Saint Petersburg. The right hand of the statue was modeled from a Roman bronze hand, found in 1771 in Voorburg in the Netherlands at the site of the ancient Roman town Forum Hadriani.

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