Ricardo Bellver (Madrid, 23 February 1845 — Madrid, 20 December 1924) was a Spanish sculptor.

Ricardo Bellver
Ricardo Bellver, en La Ilustración Artística.jpg
Ricardo Bellver (1891)
Born(1845-02-23)23 February 1845
Madrid, Spain
Died20 December 1924(1924-12-20) (aged 79)
Madrid, Spain
Notable work
The Fallen Angel (El Ángel Caído)


Bellver studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, and finished his sculptural education in Rome as a grant holder.

He became well-known because of his sculpture The Fallen Angel (El Ángel Caído, 1877), a work inspired by a passage from John Milton's Paradise Lost,[1] and which represents Lucifer falling from Heaven. The sculpture (see picture), of great dramatism and originality, obtained the First Medal at the Spanish National Fine Arts Exhibition in 1878, and the same year was cast in bronze for the third Paris World's Fair. Later on, the Prado Museum donated it to the City of Madrid, and in 1885 it was installed in a square with the same name in the Retiro Park (the largest one in Madrid). For that purpose, architect Francisco Jareño (1818–1892) designed a pedestal of granite, bronze and stone. The success of this work made Bellver been accepted as academician. He was director of the Arts and Works School in Madrid.

Other works of Bellver are in Saint Francis the Great Basilica, Saint Joseph Church, Pontifitial Church of Saint Michael, and Ministry of Public Works building in Madrid.

The Fallen Angel (Ricardo Bellver, 1877), in Madrid, cast in bronze for the third Paris World's Fair (1878).


  • Saint Agatha death, bas-relief (1888).
  • San Expedito carving (1916), in San Vicente Martir de Abando Church (Bilbao).
  • Juan Sebastián Elcano Statue (1888) in Mayor Hall Square in Guetaria (Guipúzcoa).
  • Neogotical doors of Sevilla cathedral.
  • Luis de la Lastra y Cuesta, Seville Cathedral, Capilla del Cristo de Maracaibo (1880).
  • Saint Bartolomew and Saint Andrew, in Saint Francis the Great Basilica, Madrid.
  • Monument to Donoso Cortés, San Isidro graveyard, Madrid.
  • Cardinal Siliceo sepulchre.


  1. ^ Catálogo de la Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes ("Catalogue of the National Fine Arts Exhibition"), Madrid, 1878, p. 86-87. Mentioned by Carlos Reyero in book Escultura, museo y estado en la España del siglo XIX: historia, significado y catálogo de la colección nacional de escultura moderna, 1856-1906, Alicante, 2002, ISBN 84-931949-6-4

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ricardo Bellver at Wikimedia Commons