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Charles Strong, Cervantes

On view in the West Garden

sculpture garden 2020

Charles Strong
1938 San Francisco, California – 2013 Taos, New Mexico
Albuquerque Museum, gift of the FUNd at The Albuquerque Community Foundation

Charles Strong’s large-scale bronze sculpture of the well known Spanish novelist, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, is an example of the sculptor’s exploration of scale, the figure, and monuments. Strong pays homage to the author known for his satirical novel Don Quixote. He also experiments with concepts of perspective placing the head of the writer directly on the ground rather than upright, allowing the viewer to see the familiar face of Cervantes from one point of view and a completely abstract work from other points of view.