On the base of the statue is the coat-of-arms of Genoa, the caravel and the date "MCCCCLX" (1460).
A copy was presented to the city of Boston by Mr. A. P. Chamberlain, of Concord, Mass.
"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
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.
- Bistagno (Italy),
- St. Petersburg, and
- Vancouver (BC).
Sources & Information
- Néstor Ponce de León, The Columbus Gallery (New York, 1893), p. 115.
- J.M. Dickey, Christopher Columbus and his Monument Columbia (1892), p. 280.
- Stefano Rizzi, Lo scultore di "Colombo giovinetto": A 150 anni dalle nascita di Giulio Monteverde, in Columbus '92, vol. 4, no. 1  (Genova, 1988). Photocopy sent to me by Alex Borgogno.
- Drawing: Elbridge Streeter Brooks, The True Story of Christopher Columbus, Called the Great Admiral (Boston 1892). (on-line).
- Photo: Zack Lee, 31 July 2007. See riacale's photostream on Flickr.
Location N 42°20'21" W 71°5'38"
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/ Updated: 6 January 2011
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