of the Arts-The CatholicChurch: St. James on Horseback
James on Horseback
polychrome, and estofado wood; wrought-iron
sword, stirrups, and bridle
180 x 125 x 90 cm
sculpture is done in wood but is painted over for detail and the armor
is done in an elaborate process called
estafado. Wrought iron parts have been attached for the sword
and riding fittings.
was a figure of worship to the Spanish conquistadors who believed
him to be the protector of their military invasion of the
the figure, is carved of wood that has been painted to show
details. His armor is done in estofado
in leaf designs. The sword, stirrups and bridle are wrought
sculpture was created in New Spain where wood carving was
a traditional craft of the people. The leaf motifs in the
etching on his armor reflect a Moorish influence on Spanish
decor as St. James was first revered by the Christians in
their struggle to oust the Moors from Spain.
Compute the exact size of this piece of sculpture changing
centimeters to feet and inches. Compare its size to the Vaquero
by Luis Jiminez in Moody Park or Sam Houston at the entrance
to Herman Park in Houston or equestrian sculpture in your
Language Arts: Write a comparison and contrast of this
piece to a local equestrian sculpure.
Social Studies, History: Research the history of the
Moors invasion of Spain and draw a timeline that includes
that event and goes on to the Spanish invasion of Mexico.
Social Studies, Geography: Study the globe and maps
to note the area of the world that came under the Moorish
influence and then the areas of the world that Spain conquered.
Science: Trace the evolution of horses from prehistoric
times to today and note their influence on the cultures where
they were available.