Saturday, February 11, 2017

Arco della Vittoria

Arco della Vittoria, Victory Arch, by Marcello Piacentini, Piazza della Vittoria, Genoa
Arco della Vittoria (Victory Arch) by Marcello Piacentini, 1931
Piazza della Vittoria
Genoa, April 2016

“In 1923, the comune of Genoa decided to build a commemorative monument while redeveloping an area that was previously a wet meadow. It announced a national contest for the design of an arch to be built on a lawn located adjacent to the Bisagno stream. The stream is now buried under Via Brigate Partigiane. Sixteen proposals were submitted, and the jury chose the draft by the architect Marcello Piacentini and the sculptor Arturo Dazzi. The commission chose it because the design was inspired by Imperial Roman and 16th century architecture, giving the monument a strong, heroic and triumphant appearance. Piacentini later modified the design of the arch, making it simpler. Construction was carried out by the local Impresa Garbarino e Sciaccaluga, under the direction of Piacentini himself.” (Arco della Vittoria, Wikipedia)