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Help. Statue in Venice, man on horse holding his own head???

Nov 26th, 2010, 05:05 PM
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Help. Statue in Venice, man on horse holding his own head???

I'm madly trying to get my journal into order before I start my TR, we've been back 3 weeks.

We wandered into a small 'courtyard' in Venice & there was this wonderful life size statue of a horse. The horseman was carrying his own head & his leg was behind him on the horses back. I usually am so good with taking photos of the names and details of such things. I've searched the internet to no avail. (Contini Art Gallery is in the photo which is in Calle Dello Spezier San Marco).

Does anyone have any idea of what it could be called or the story behind it?

Thanks so much, back soon with TR.
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Nov 26th, 2010, 06:24 PM
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From doing a quick search on Google Images, it looks like the Gallery rotates the sculptures in that courtyard with some regularity. You might try e-mailing them: http://www.continiarte.com/ Good luck!
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Nov 26th, 2010, 06:24 PM
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Is it St. Dominick? I believe he is often portrayed as a headless rider.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/canadag...n/photostream/
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Nov 26th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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To me it looks more like the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow...
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Nov 27th, 2010, 01:54 AM
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Yes J62 thats the statue.............but is it Saint Dominick? i keep coming up with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow reference.........time for an email to the gallery.
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Nov 27th, 2010, 05:42 AM
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The statue is called "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and it was made in 1998 by the Cuban-born artist Julian Larraz, who now lives in the US and whose works the Contini gallery is selling. There is a smaller version of the statue inside the salon.

http://www.continiarte.com/julio-larraz-stanza-1.html

http://www.artnet.com/artwork/425953...py-hollow.html

Larraz has used the imagery in some of his oil paintings

http://www.artnet.com/artwork/425242...ters-desk.html

http://pferdezeitung.com/Archiv/101/Galerie

http://www.artnet.com/artwork/424890...ria-nueva.html

and headless people, or people whose heads are fully or partially blocked from view appear often in his work.

Here is more about the life and work of the artist:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m.../ai_100541561/
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Nov 27th, 2010, 12:51 PM
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Woh, thank you so much. Mystery solved, as I knew it would be.
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Nov 29th, 2010, 01:06 PM
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Thank you for your interest. The bronze sculpture that you photographed in our courtyard is by the Cuban-American artist Julio Larraz and is his interpretation of the American writer Washington Irving's short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". This work is entitled "The Legend of the Hudson"
referring to the Hudson valley legend.

Cordial regards,

Valencia Scott
Galleria d'arte Contini S.r.l.
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Nov 29th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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Ah, good to know the title precisely.
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