Beneficencia (Mari Blanca). Imagen 1.
Beneficencia (Mari Blanca). Imagen 2.Beneficencia (Mari Blanca). Imagen 3.

The carved stone image portrays a young woman dressed in an elegant gown and holding a shield depicting the sun. Her other hand is touching the head of a child, who is holding a dove. At her feet rests a horn of plenty overflowing with fruit. This is therefore an allegorical portrayal of Abundance, with an iconography in keeping with the late 18th century academic style. The presence of the child with the dove has also led the image to be identified with Charity, an idea which is highly characteristic of learned thought of the seventeen hundreds. The work is of a high artistic standard, as evident in the design and stone carving technique employed. Stylistically, this image is related to the French style present in the Madrid Academy thorough those sculptors working at the royal palace of La Granja, such as Carlier, Fremin, Thierry, Bousseau and Pitué, amongst others, during the first half of the 18th century. Burgosborn Julián San Martin, the author of this work, was then assistant director of sculpture at the Academy and was working on the Pamplona cathedral at that time. He is also the author of the child Neptune, crowning the fountain of the Plaza del Consejo square.

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Monumento a Hilarión Eslava de León Barrenechea.Europa de José Antonio Eslava
The route

Taconera park and zone around the Baluarte


Charity (Mari Blanca)

Julián San Martín, 1788

Design: Luis Paret y Alcázar. Carved stone.

Figure: 236 x 156 x 90 cm.


Unveiling:1927. Gardens of La Taconera.