Lladro Alexander Nevski. Limited edition of 500 units
Within its line of creations immortalizing historical characters, Lladro has given life to the Russian hero Alexander Nevski (1220-1263). This knight fought against the Swedes, the Teutonic Knights and the Volga Tartars who tried to conquer his people, earning him the title of Prince of Novgorod in 1236.
The Lladro sculpture immortalizes the moment when this brave warrior gives the order to fight the Swedish army sent by the Pope in 1240 to convert the Russian orthodox to Catholicism. The battle took place on July 15th of that same year on the banks of the river Neva and the victory won him the title of Aleksander Nevski, meaning Alexander of the Neva. The Russian Orthodox church canonized him in 1547 as St Alexander Nevski.
Lladro artists carefully studied every detail of this sculpture to ensure that it remains true to the character, his story and his attributes (armor, shield…). At the horse’s feet one can see a recreation of the snowy landscape by the river, alluding to the scene where the events took place. Showing him at the height of battle, they have managed to transmit the character’s courage and nobility. At the same time, due to the size and weight, the posture entails great complexity in keeping its balance during the firing process.