Photographer's Note

The Monument to Philip IV is a memorial to Philip IV of Spain in the centre of Plaza de Oriente in Madrid, Spain. Philip IV was King of Spain from 1621 – 1640.

It was raised at the insistence of Isabella II of Spain in the first half of the 19th century, opening on 17 November 1843, a year before Narciso Pascual y Colomer came up with the square's final layout.

However, its equestrian statue of the king dates to the 17th century and was produced by the Italian sculptor Pietro Tacca using scientific advice from Galileo Galilei and drawings by Diego Velázquez and a bust by Juan Martínez Montañés (who also collaborated on the work).

(Source: Wikipedia)

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