Monumento a José Antonio Páez en Plaza Páez, Barinas

This bronze sculpture was created by an unknown artist as a replacement for the previous sculpture made of marble, by the Italian sculptor Emilio Gariboldi. The original bust was commissioned to Gariboldi in 1925 for a town square in Barinas City to commemorate Jose Antonio Paez (1790-1873), one of the heroes of the Independence War in Venezuela. Gariboldi’s sculpture was stolen on an unknown date before 1970 and replaced with this bronze copy, sometime after 1970.

In 2007 the sculpture was vandalized with blue paint. The blue painting was removed but years later was vandalized again with dots of red paint, as is visible on the photogrammetry register made in April 2018. On March 17, 2018, the sculpture was stolen and its whereabouts are unknown.

The sculpture was located at Bolivar St / Paez Av, Barinas City, Barinas State, Venezuela.

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On Sunday March 17, 2019 Plaza Páez in the city of Barinas dawned without the bust of the hero who gives the plaza his name. It is presumed that the bronze of José Antonio Páez (1790 - 1873) was stolen during the night in the capital of Barinas state, Venezuela. The whereabouts of the sculpture are unknown.
Text Courtesy of IAM Venezuela, 2019-03-18 Photo: José A. Pérez Larrarte


Plaza Páez de Barinas
Calle Bolivar, Av. Ricaurte

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