Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Meeting at Teano

Monument featuring the Meeting at Teano by Oreste Calzolari, piazza Mino da Fiesole, Fiesole
Monument featuring the “Meeting at Teano” by Oreste Calzolari, 1906
(The meeting at Teano between Garibaldi and Victor Emmanuel II)
Piazza Mino da Fiesole, Fiesole
Florence, April 2014

“Teano was the site of the famous meeting of October 26, 1860, between Italian nationalist fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi and Victor Emanuel II, the King of Sardinia. Having wrested the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies from the Neapolitan Bourbons, Garibaldi shook Victor Emanuel's hand and hailed him as King of Italy. Thus, Garibaldi sacrificed republican hopes for the sake of Italian unity under a monarchy. The event is a popular subject for Italian patriotic statues and paintings.”

2 comments:

Lowell said...

It's a very nice sculpture and I appreciate your explanation of the history involved. It's a shame, but we don't learn very much (if any) European history here in the States.

cieldequimper said...

Absolutely love this.