Sculpture Saturday: Seville

In the lovely Maria Luisa Park in Seville is a monument to the Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and his poem Amor Eterno (Eternal Love). The statue depicts three women symbolizing the three states of love, excited love, possessed love and love lost. Behind them are two bronze pieces, ‘wounded love’ and ‘love hurts’ and a lifesize statue of the poet Becquer. The group of female figures is sculpted from a single piece of marble.

Glorieta de Becquer –  Monument was constructed in 1911 by Lorenzo Coullaut-Valera, in collaboration with the architect Juan Talavera Heredia and Catalan sculptor Federico Bechini.

The Cypress tree around which the monument is located was planted in 1850, according to some, and in 1870 according to others, and it is one of the individual trees of the Parque de Maria Luisa. The monument can be found along the Avenue de Becquer at the roundabout of the same name.

View from the other side with statue of the poet Becquer and the two bronze figures with the seated females.

Hundreds of trees line the avenues with exotic touches provided by colourful tiled benches and Moorish fountains and pools and there are numerous seats around the park and the famous monument from which to enjoy this beautiful green space close to the River Guadalquivir..

The park was the site of the Expo 29, which had the Plaza de Espana as its centrepiece. My favourite way to see the park is to take a carriage ride through it – and yes, I know it’s a bit touristy and kitschy but nevertheless, it is a magical way to view this park. Large enough never to feel crowded, it is also a delightful place for a quiet stroll, a kids’ runabout, or a boat ride.  A more energetic option is a bike for four with sunshade – the front seats have belts to strap wriggly young children in safely. They are for hire in the road opposite Plaza de España.

8 thoughts on “Sculpture Saturday: Seville

      1. To be honest, at the time of my visit to Seville I had not been touched by the charm of the Plazza de Espana which I found a little too baroque, with the passage of time I recognise my error of judgement which I hope to correct now that I am in Europe on a more permanent basis.

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  1. Lots of things in Spain can overpower, seeming to be well over-the-top, but it all goes to make up a marvellous tapestry that has sections for everyone. It is a cliche, but it is a country of passions, of black and white, and the rococco/baroque is all part of this I feel. So I wouldn’t say your reaction is an error of judgment, it’s just how you felt at the time and may still feel when you see it again. There’s room for all tastes.

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  2. Seville was such a wonderful city to visit and although I didn’t see that statue we did take a carriage ride from the Alcazar through the streets to the Plaza. Your mention of that brought back very happy memories! and it’s a fantastic way to view the city 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you agree with me. Some people shy away from the carriage ride but it’s so romantic going through the tree-lined streets that smell of orange blossom and the ride in the park is absolutely fabulous. I’d do it again!

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