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Life size horse sculpture has existed for thousands and thousands of years. Life size marble horses have pulled the chariots of the Gods of ancient
civilizations, and have carried famous people into history beyond their lifetimes. Such works have preserved the spirit of power, elegance and freedom horses bring to the life of man. Life size
sculpture seen against the sky has a magnificence of expression only equaled by real life horses. Since Egyptian times horses have been beloved for their personality and companionship as well
as for services to human kind so it is not surprising that life size figures of the equine have continued to be popular.
The life size work by Patricia Crane is what first
established her reputation as an international sculptor. Her bronze
portraiture captures the individual personality as well as
the precise individual anatomy and it is no wonder that
full size sculpture was commissioned and valued. Many of her works are
available for viewing by using the menu at the left.
The Saddlebred stallion Supreme Sultan had already achieved
international fame as a phenomenal sire of inestimable worth and
brilliance. Sultan changed the history of his entire breed. The meeting
of the sculptor and the stallion resulted in a now very well known life size
bronze portrait, which is installed just outside the front doors of
the American Saddlebred Museum in Kentucky. The record books overflow with the
accomplishments of Sultan's progeny and he now lies buried beneath this bronze portrait
Supreme Sultan's carriage, poise and power as he trotted freely across
his home fields, completely natural in every aspect, has been forever
captured by Patricia Crane's work and enables the impact of this
incredible stallion to be shared by each and every viewer into the long
stretches of the future. The artwork is small payback for the elegance
and spirit with which this grand individual equine star graced the lives
of all those who knew him.
Life size horse sculpture portrait of the Saddlebred Stallion, Supreme Sultan, for the
American Saddlebred Museum:
Supreme Sultan Monument in front of the Museum. Photo Ross Milin.
Working on the 1/5
scale wax for the monument
All photos © Patricia Crane
in a New York foundry.
Welding raw bronze sections
Supreme Sultan Life Size Bronze.
A true-life likeness of a famous
that carries his conformational and personal presence
future for all to see. Photo by Ross Millin.
Thousands of visitors come annually to view the portrait
monument that marks the grave of Supreme Sultan, who
as well as accolades. Ross Millin Photo.
Life Size Bronze Horse Sculpture -and read about another life size work for The International Museum in Kentucky. (This page provides a step by step process of creating a monumental bronze.)
Also visit the site's main section for the Saddlebred or read Other Pages About Supreme Sultan:
Supreme Sultan: Saddlebred Resin
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