Statues - Hither & Thither

Italy
Arezzo
Arezzo (prov.)

Toscana

Parco 'Il Prato'

Francesco Petrarca

Petrarch

Arezzo 1304 - Arquà 1374
Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, who was one of the earliest humanists. His rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Renaissance
(Wikipedia)
Alessandro Lazzerini
1928

Arezzo /  Francesco Petrarca   Arezzo /  Francesco Petrarca

Description

Four metre tall, marble statue of Francesco Petrarca high atop a massive sculptural group, including a busy and eclectic collection of elements drawn from Petrarch's life and poetry.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca
Overview of the right side.
Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca
Overview of the back side.
Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca
Front of the pedestal with inscription and coat-of-arms.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca

The group right on the front of the base portrays the sentiment of Peace: a mother pulls away her son from fraticidal warfare (on the shield is the text agitans discordia fratres, clinging to herself.
The muscular male youth with arms outstretched, is meant to be crying out for peace, "pace, pace, pace" (the cloding of Petrarch's poem 'Italia mia').

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca

As an allusion to the Triumph of Fame, the main group on the back of the monument shows the poet's coronation with a laurel wreath by Senator Orso dell'Anguillara in 1341. The figures present at the ceremony show the various social classes. Among these are a warrior with the appearance of the Duke of the Abruzzi, a poet with that of Gabriele d'Annunzio and a female figure, where Lazzerini's wife was the model.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca

An image of a Virgin alludes to the Triumph of the Divinity.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca

A medallion with Petrarca's love, Laura de Noves (1310-1348), alludes to the Triumph of Love and Chastity.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca

The representation of the Capitoline Wolf alludes to the cult of classicism and Romanity.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca

Cupido, who wounded Petrarch with the arrow of love, crouches below the statue.

Arezzo - Francesco Petrarca
An episode of the Canzoniere, Petrarch's collection of poems, is represented by the Roman sword sunk in a tangle of snakes, referring to 'Africa home from the Italian swords'.

Inscription(s)

A
FRANCESCO PETRARCA
L'ITALIA
MCMXXVIII

IL NOSTRA CAPO ROMA

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Anguillara, Orso dell'
  • Capitoline Wolf
  • Cupido (Amor) / Eros
  • Laura de Noves
  • Lazzerini, Alessandro
  • Mary with Child
  • Petrarca, Francesco
  • Statue
  • Woman with child
  • Locatie (N 43°27'59" - E 11°53'6")

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