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Mateo Inurria

Mateo Inurria was born on 25th March 1869 in Cordoba, and started his training in his father's sculptor's workshop. Later, he finished his studies in the Fine Arts Schools of Cordoba and Madrid. In 1890 he sent his work El náufrago (The castaway) to the National Exhibition Gallery. In the 1895 National Exhibition he won a medal for his work Séneca, and four years later he won first prize for the group sculpture La Mina de Carbón (The Coal Mine). He taught art in the Art Schools of Cordoba and San Fernando in Madrid and also worked on the renovation of the Mosque in Cordoba. In 1920 he was awarded a Medal of Honour for his work Forma (Shape), a female torso sculpted in white marble. 

Among his most outstanding works are the set of nudes: Deseo (Desire), Ídolo Eterno (Eternal Idol), Mujer (Woman) and Forma (Shape).  One of his best religious works is Cristo, in the Buenos Aires cemetery, and another of the commemorative statues created by the sculptor is the equestrian statue of Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Gran Capitán. He died in Madrid on 21st February 1924.


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