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Vasily Ivanovich Surikov (1848 - 1916)  Bronzen horseman  Oil on canvas, 1870   52 x 71 cm  The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
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Title: Bronzen horseman
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Vasily Ivanovich Surikov (1848 - 1916)
Bronzen horseman
Oil on canvas, 1870 
52 x 71 cm
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The Bronze Horseman (Russian: Ìåäíûé âñàäíèê, literally "The Copper Horseman") is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great by Étienne Maurice Falconet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is also the name of a narrative poem written by Aleksandr Pushkin about the statue in 1833, widely considered to be one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue came to be known as the Bronze Horseman because of the great influence of the poem. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City.

The statue's pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, sometimes claimed to be the largest stone ever moved by man.

It is sometimes claimed that the Thunder Stone is the "largest stone ever moved by man." This stone was not only tremendously large, but was also effectively moved 6 km (4 miles) overland to the Gulf of Finland by manpower alone; no animals or machines were used. It was then transported by boat up the Neva, and subsequently to its current site. Due to the large size of the rock, the easiest way to measure its mass is to calculate it. Its dimensions before being cut, according to the fall 1882 edition of La Nature, were 7 x 14 x 9 m. Based on the density of granite, its mass was determined to be around 1,500 tonnes.
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