Photographer's Note

Peter the Great surveys the city he founded from horseback in the pose imagined for him by the French sculptor Etienne Falconet, who won a competition arranged by Catherine II in 1765. The sculpture was not completed until 1778; it represents the czar ascending a rock and trampling a serpent (symbolizing the Swedes) underfoot. This statue was the inspiration for one of Pushkin's most celebrated poems, the bronze horseman.

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