Pedro Calderón de la Barca was born in January 1600. He was a poet and playwriter. and one of the leading writers of the Spanish Golden Age. He was a very respected and influential character and became a model for an entire generation of playwrights including Agustín Moreto and Francisco Rojas Zorrilla
The people of Madrid dedicated a beautiful marble sculpture to his memory in 1880. It was created by Juan Figueras Vila and is located in the Plaza de Santa Ana in the center of Madrid, in front of the traditional Spanish Theater. The Academy of History and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando approved its design and chose its location. It is one of the few urban monuments that have remained in the same place since its inauguration.