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Fray Cristóbal de Torres

Fray Cristóbal de Torres

In 1653, Fray Cristobal de Torres founded the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Being born in Burgos, he entered the Dominican Order there and began his teaching, which continued in Toledo and Toro. A devotee of the Virgin, he received the title of "Restorer of the Most Holy Rosary" from the king. Brother Cristobal died serving as archbishop of Santa Fe.

The artist

The artist

Dionisio Renart was a sculptor of note born in Barcelona, 1878. He was known for his religious figures, monumental statuary and medal engraving. His works are displayed in various locations throughout Spain and America.
The Heritage

The Heritage

The university’s cultural heritage, through cultural works such as a statue, plays an important role in the recognition of the university’s history and the legacy of its forefathers.
The statue: Description

The statue: Description

Bronze sculpture, created by the Catalan artist Dionisio Renart y García, in the foundry house of Ferrucio Cescatti, in 1909. It stands 250 cm high.
The statue: Pedestal

The statue: Pedestal

Made by Alejandro Manrique of stone quarried in Bogota following the plans and drawings of Dionisio Renart. It measures 300 cm high and has four bronze shields, cast by Renart y Garcia.
José Celestino Mutis

José Celestino Mutis

1732 - Born on April 6 in Cadiz - Spain. Baptized on April 16. "Priest, botanist, geographer, mathematician, doctor and teacher at Universidad del Rosario, in Santa Fe, where his remains now rest".

1773

1773

March 17. Sevilla Spain. Graduates in Arts and Philosophy from the University of Seville.
1775

1775

Sevilla Spain. Graduates in Medicine from the University of Seville.
1757

1757

July. Graduates as Doctor of the Real Protomedicato, under the tutelage of Andres Piquer.
1760

1760

Leaves Cadiz for the New World, accompanying the Viceroy Pedro Messia de la Cerda.

THE JOURNEY

In August of 1909 the statue finally arrived in Bogotá. Due to the Girardot railway being out of commission because of recent damages, its journey to Bogota was in a car pulled by pairs of oxen. Scaffolding was constructed to assist with its installation and using a pulley the statue was placed on the pedestal. Then, the shields were added, the inscription engraved, and its surrounding garden planted. The inauguration took place on October 10, 1909.

THE STATUE

The sculpture captures the founder Friar Cristobal de Torres pondering intellectual life, moral character, and his own character. The plastic language of the work manages to convey the greatness, strength, drive, dedication, generosity, consolation, protection, love and indulgence that the founder showed.

Darwin Cortés

Profesor de la Facultad de Economía

Darwin Cortés
Darwin Cortés

La Universidad del Rosario nos ha brindado el espacio apropiado para enriquecer y fortalecer esa relación intergeneracional entre profesores y estudiantes.