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Great London Sculptures: The Broadgate Venus by Fernando Botero


© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Broadgate Venus is a five tonnes sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero located in Exchange Square near to Liverpool Street Station. The ‘Venus’ was specially commissioned in 1989 and is a ‘favourite’ amongst the city workers and locals.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The Venus is an example of “Boterismo”, a style developed by Colombian artist Fernando Botero which depicts people and figures in large exaggerated form for political or humorous effect.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Botero was born in Medellín was once enrolled in matador school before his artistic talent was recognised.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Botero’s work was first exhibited in 1948 in Colombia before he travelled to Barcelona and Madrid. where he studied at the Academia de San Fernando. In the 1950s, Botero moved to Paris and Florence to study before making Paris his permanent home although he makes regular trips to his native city of Medellin.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Botero is considered one of the leading artists in Latin America and his art is found in many major cities around the world. His art is collected by many major international museums, corporations, and private collectors.

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