16 Jun iloftmalaga – Málaga’s history – Marqués de Larios
Malaga’s history is linked to many illustrious figures that, since ancient times, and it has shaped in the aesthetic and folkloric side of the city. In addition, it has made it to become one of the most important cities in Spain. However, today, we want to highlight a person who has a monument at the entrance to the main street of the historical city center, who collaborated and worked for Málaga’s industrialization, and whose legacy continues working in Málaga through different companies and strategic sectors. We are talking about the ‘Marqués de Larios‘.
On August 16th, in 1895, the Malaga City Council and the mayor, Ramón María Pérez de Torres, took note of the initiative launched by local newspapers and municipal directors, who were proposing the creation of a tribute statue to Marqués de Larios, creating a commission in charge of analyzing the procedures and raising the funds through public subscription, which would decide between the differente proposals made by great sculptors, as Antonio Susillo, Agustín Querol, and the one that would finally be carried out, the sculptural project of the Valencian artist Mariano Benlliure.
It was a bronze sculpture, on a marble pedestal with the inscriptions of his birth, death, inauguration, and tribute, and flanking allegorical sculptures of work and the grateful city, which can be observed nowadays by locals and visitors.