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Unrivaled as Odessa's most famous landmark is the set of 192 steps comprising the Potemkin Stairs. In a photo I posted in 2010 a statue is just barely visible at the top of the staircase —the larger-than-life bronze statue representing Duke de Richelieu's monument.

The city was an adolescent of only eight, when in 1803 Armand Emmanuel Sophie Septimanie de Vignerot du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu (1766 – 1822) was appointed the governor of Odessa. But the residents of the city still called him “our Duke”, and regarded him as the founder of the city. He was instrumental in the city's rise in becoming a major trading port. With the return of the Bourbons on the throne, Richelieu returned to France, where he died in 1822. Having received this news from Paris, Count Langeron immediately began to raise the money for the construction of the monument. Novorossiysk Governor-General, who took the post in May 1823, commissioned his sculptor I. P. Martos to begin work in creating the statue. In a period when Europe was enamored of the classical world, it is no surprise to see Duke de Richelieu, a scroll in hand, wearing a toga.

When I saw the moon above the statue, against the backdrop of a pristine blue sky, I positioned myself so that Richelieu was seen gracefully and nonchalantly juggling the moon — without even having to look at it. Finally, I created a simple frame, consisting of simulated beveled mat, and a metal frame — a useful technique to frame a photograph to hang on a wall.

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