Monday, February 13, 2012

Memorial Monday: Taras Shevchenko

Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko is memorialized near Rock Creek Park, just west of Dupont Circle. Shevchenko is largely considered to be the father of modern literature and language in the Ukraine. During his lifetime, what we now know as Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire. Their modern independence dates to 1991. Much of his writing was political in nature and is underwritten on this statue as "The Bard of Ukraine." Shevchenko was also known for his paintings and etchings. 

This memorial was authorized by Congress in 1960 and dedicated in 1964 on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The bronze statuette was sculpted by fellow Ukrainian artist Leo Mol. It is one of several representations of Shevchenko by Mol. The memorial is located near the corner of 22nd and P Streets NW.