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This document shows an engraving of the preliminary design for the Monument to the Revolution of 1910-1917, in the Plaza de Armas [Main Square] of Mexico City. The equestrian sculpture of Francisco I. Madero will be the main figure that stands out at the center of the construction. On the four corners, the principal episodes of the epic event will be represented in marble and bronze reliefs. The simile of a “chapel” will bear the names of the main battles that were fought.
The preliminary design is interesting, if we consider that in 1917 the authorities are still conceiving of an architectural program quite similar to the monuments inaugurated during the time of the several governments of Porfirio Díaz (1876, 1877, 1884-1910). The manner in which the project intends to honor the assassinated President Francisco I. Madero (1873-1913)—with an equestrian sculpture—reverts to traditional ways of representing heroes. The shape of the cupola is similar to the Porfirian project for the Legislative Chamber; which—in its incipient phase with four supports for the cupola—was eventually assimilated by the post-revolutionary regime as a monument to the revolution. However, the iconographic plan was conceived differently, without equestrian sculptures.