Statue of Columbus the explorer, looking out upon the vast oceans of the New World that he discovered. He holds a sheaf of papers in both hands, and is dressed in a 15th-century costume, with a knee-length garment belted at the waist, stockings, and a coat with a fur collar. At his feet a world globe rests atop a bronze base that is sculpted to show ocean waves cascading down onto the pink granite base below.
TO THE CITY OF HARTFORD
OCTOBER 12, 1926
Signed: V. Miserendino NY
The sculpture cost $20,000 and was a gift from the city's fourteen Italian societies. The date October 12, 1926 was not engraved into the base until 1973.
- Vincenzo Miserendino (1876-1943),
Sources & Information
- Photos sent by Ellen Zielinski from Austin, Texas, great-granddaughter of the sculptor, March 2004,
- Sando Bologna, "Columbus anonymous: Artist endow discoverer with many faces". The Sunday Republican Magazine (Waterbury, Conn.), 8 July 1984 (reprinted in Discovery!, journal of the Christopher Columbus Philatelic Society)
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information system).
Location (N 41°45'41" - W 72°40'55")
Item Code: usct02;
Added: 7 November 2004
/ Updated: 21 November 2010
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