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Colombo giovinetto

The First Inspiration of the Boy Columbus

Giulio Monteverde


Marble statue of a young Columbus.


The sculpture was in the exhibition Under Italian Sky… Sculptures produced in Italy by European masters, 8 June 1999 - 1 April, 2000, in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. "The most important works in the exhibition are Portrait of a Man (marble) and figure of St Ambrogio (terracotta) produced by the celebrated Italian sculptor Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), Cupid by a notable master of Italian and European Classicism Antonio Canova (1757-1822), marble reliefs and statue Ganymede by Canova's Danish follower Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), tree works by the foremost French artist of the second half of the 19th century Prospere d'Pinay (1836-1912), and a version of the famous figure Adolescence of Colombo by Giulio Monteverde (1837-1917); this figure was honoured with the prize at the exhibition in Parma in 1870."

"Colombo giovinetto" or "The First Inspiration of the Boy Columbus"

Columbus as a charming child at play: he is sitting on a mooring-post upon a pier, against which the waves are breaking; he is in deep meditation and holds a book in his hand.

The statue has been ordered to Giulio Monteverde by Cap. d'Albertis for his castle in Genoa. Actually, d'Albertis's nephew Filippo was the model for Columbus.
The sculpture was made in Rome in 1870, and won a gold medal at an exhibition at Parma, Italy. The original statue stands in the loggia in d'Albertis castle, the statue looks exactly in the direction of San Salvador, i.e. south-south west.

    Copies, in marble and chalk, are in
  1. Bistagno (Italy),
  2. Boston,
  3. Parma,
  4. Göteborg,
  5. St. Petersburg, and
  6. Vancouver (BC).
Monteverdi carved shortly before his death in 1910 another statue of Columbus as a boy, of which a copy is in the Christopher Columbus High School in New York.


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