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José Planes

Monument à Isabelle la Catholique

1958
Presentation of the artwork
The bust of Isabella the Catholic is installed in Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, facing Avenue Christophe-Colomb. The consul general of Spain gave this artwork to the Ville de Montréal, on behalf of the Institute of Hispanic Culture in Madrid, on the occasion of the 467th anniversary of Columbus’s “discovery” of America.

In this bronze, the queen wears the royal insignia: the crown, the cross in the shell of the Order of Santiago, and the cross decorated with fleurs-de-lis of the Order of Calatrava. The bust has a Gothic feel due to the headwear and the clothing, perhaps because the sculptor, José Planes, turned to the production of religious images after the Spanish Civil War. On the iconographic level, the sculptor seems to have been inspired by the portrait of Isabella painted by the Spanish artist Luis de Madrazo in the nineteenth century. The queen’s gaze is piercing, determined, and fixed on the horizon, as if she could glimpse the shores of the New World as she spoke with her acolyte, Columbus. In the treatment of the lines and texture of the bust can be seen the influence on Planes’s work of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Associated events
Isabella I of Castille, known as Isabella the Catholic, was born in 1451. On 14 October 1469, against her family’s wishes, she married the future Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516), known as Ferdinand the Catholic. When her brother, Henry IV, died in 1474, Isabella became the queen of Castille and León. Isabella and Ferdinand, having understood the importance of Christopher Columbus’s plan, supplied the ships that carried the Genoese navigator to America. Dubbed the “Catholic Monarchs” by Pope Alexander VI, their power quickly extended to the New World, thanks to Columbus’s “discovery” on behalf of the crown of Castille. They also started the Spanish Inquisition and expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula. Isabella the Catholic died on November 26, 1504.
José Planes
José Planes (1891–1974) came from a family of farmers. Inspired by the figurines in Christmas crèches in the Murcia region of Spain, he had worked in clay since a very young age. Planes apprenticed in the studio of Anastasio Martínez and completed his art training in Valencia and Madrid. He executed a number of busts of women during his youth, including one of his mother that won the first prize at the Murcia Circle of Fine Art when he was 20. His career as a sculptor really took off when his pieces were noticed at an exhibition at the Ateneo. In 1927, Planes moved to Madrid in order to partake of the art trends of his times. Six years later, he established a fine crafts school when he returned to Murcia.
Presentation of the artwork
The bust of Isabella the Catholic is installed in Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, facing Avenue Christophe-Colomb. The consul general of Spain gave this artwork to the Ville de Montréal, on behalf of the Institute of Hispanic Culture in Madrid, on the occasion of the 467th anniversary of Columbus’s “discovery” of America.

In this bronze, the queen wears the royal insignia: the crown, the cross in the shell of the Order of Santiago, and the cross decorated with fleurs-de-lis of the Order of Calatrava. The bust has a Gothic feel due to the headwear and the clothing, perhaps because the sculptor, José Planes, turned to the production of religious images after the Spanish Civil War. On the iconographic level, the sculptor seems to have been inspired by the portrait of Isabella painted by the Spanish artist Luis de Madrazo in the nineteenth century. The queen’s gaze is piercing, determined, and fixed on the horizon, as if she could glimpse the shores of the New World as she spoke with her acolyte, Columbus. In the treatment of the lines and texture of the bust can be seen the influence on Planes’s work of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Associated events
Isabella I of Castille, known as Isabella the Catholic, was born in 1451. On 14 October 1469, against her family’s wishes, she married the future Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516), known as Ferdinand the Catholic. When her brother, Henry IV, died in 1474, Isabella became the queen of Castille and León. Isabella and Ferdinand, having understood the importance of Christopher Columbus’s plan, supplied the ships that carried the Genoese navigator to America. Dubbed the “Catholic Monarchs” by Pope Alexander VI, their power quickly extended to the New World, thanks to Columbus’s “discovery” on behalf of the crown of Castille. They also started the Spanish Inquisition and expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula. Isabella the Catholic died on November 26, 1504.
José Planes
José Planes (1891–1974) came from a family of farmers. Inspired by the figurines in Christmas crèches in the Murcia region of Spain, he had worked in clay since a very young age. Planes apprenticed in the studio of Anastasio Martínez and completed his art training in Valencia and Madrid. He executed a number of busts of women during his youth, including one of his mother that won the first prize at the Murcia Circle of Fine Art when he was 20. His career as a sculptor really took off when his pieces were noticed at an exhibition at the Ateneo. In 1927, Planes moved to Madrid in order to partake of the art trends of his times. Six years later, he established a fine crafts school when he returned to Murcia.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1958
Mode of acquisition:
Donation
Accession date
January 1 1959
Technique(s)
Cast bronze
Materials
Bronze; copper; granite
General dimensions
293 x 152.5 x 107 cm
Manufacturer
  • Angel Gonzalez Sellas
Monument à Isabelle la Catholique
Borough
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Park
Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier