Update on the restoration/conservation project of Manuel Tolsá’s Equestrian Portrait of Charles IV

Inaugurated in Mexico City’s Plaza Mayor (Central Plaza) first in 1796 (a temporary gilt-plastered wooden statue) and again in 1803 (in its final bronze form) Tolsá’s monumental statue has been the focus of art historical and political discussion. A “cleaning” severely damaged the work. Here is an update on the restoration/conservation project.

Here’s my snapshot of Tolsá’s monument in Mexico City.  (*And be sure to credit me if you use this — I worked hard on it!)

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