The Sculpture– Sculpted in 1916 by Joseph Iacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947), Don Quixote and Sancho Panza kneel before a bronze bust of their creator, Cervantes. Mora was a renowned art historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, mapmaker, muralist, cowboy and author. He was known as the “Renaissance Man of the West.”
It was donated to Golden Gate Park by Molera and Cebrian, a pair of boyhood friends who became civil engineers and then emigrated from Spain in 1870. They became extremely successful in turn-of-the-century San Francisco by involving themselves in the expansion of telephone, electricity, gas and oil.
The Painter– Fred Fredden Goldberg was born in Berlin in 1889, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, then in Paris at the Écoledes Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian. During WWII he sought refuge in Shanghai, then emigrated to California in 1947 where he maintained a studio in San Francisco until his death in 1973 at the age of 84.