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3/08/2011

Miguel de Cervantes Monument in Madrid's Plaza España with Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Rocinante, Dulcinea & Aldonza


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Don Quixote on Rocinante, the Cervantes monument in La Plaza de España in Madrid
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2011. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.


The Cervantes monument was designed by architects Rafael Martínez Zapatero and Pedro Muguruza. 
The sculptor was Lorenzo Coullaut Valera. Much of the monument was built from 1925 to 1930, 
but it was not completed until 1956-1957 by Federico Coullaut-Valera Mendigutia, Lorenzo Coullaut's son.
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2011. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.


The idealized Dulcinea from Don Quixote, the Cervantes monument in La Plaza de España in Madrid. 
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2011. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.


The idealized Dulcinea the Cervantes monument in La Plaza de España in Madrid. 
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2011. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.
 
Don Quixote: ". . .for her hairs are gold, her forehead Elysian fields, her eyebrows rainbows, her eyes suns, her cheeks roses, her lips coral, her teeth pearls, her neck alabaster, her bosom marble, her hands ivory, her fairness snow, and what modesty conceals from sight such, I think and imagine, as rational reflection can only extol, not compare." 



Aldonza Lorenzo, the peasant girl Don Quixote was once enamored of is morphed into the imaginary Dulcinea in Don Quixote's mind.  Aldonza on the Cervantes monument in La Plaza de España in Madrid.
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2011. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.

"I know her well," said Sancho (Panza, of Aldonza), "and let me tell you she can fling a crowbar as well as the lustiest lad in all the town. Giver of all good! but she is a brave lass, and a right and stout one, and fit to be helpmate to any knight-errant that is or is to be, who may make her his lady: the whoreson wench, what sting she has and what a voice!  I can tell you one day she posted herself on the top of the belfry of the village to call some labourers of theirs that were in a ploughed field of her father's, and though they were better than half a league off they heard her as well as if they were at the foot of the tower. . .


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