Francisco de Miranda (1977)

by Lorenzo Gonzalez (1877 - 1948)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art
20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
1977

Gift of the Government of Venezuela to the City of Philadelphia

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • Francisco de Miranda commanded Spanish forces in support of the American Revolution

  • Famous for his efforts to free Latin America from Spain

Even on a windless day the cape swirls around this hero of three revolutionary wars. As a young man, Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) commanded Spanish forces in support of the American Revolution. Later the native Venezuelan led troops in the French Revolution. He is especially famous, though, for his efforts to free Latin America from Spain. Briefly he led an independent Venezuela until Spain counterattacked. He died in Spanish prison.

The Venezuelan government commissioned this bronze sculpture as a gift to the City of Philadelphia.

Lorenzo Gonzalez's statue of Francisco de Miranada
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Emilio Buitrago is the President of Casa de Venezuela, an organization dedicated to promoting the culture and traditions of Venezuela in the greater Philadelphia region.

Karen Racine is Associate Professor of History at University of Guelph in Toronto. Her research centers on the history and culture of the revolutionary independence period throughout Latin America and the Atlantic World.

Dr. Angelo Rivero Santos was the Charge d’Affaires of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States of America.

Segment Producer: Kimberly Haas

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