The monument to the Partisan Woman at the Biennale Gardens in VeniceUnknown places & works
The monument to the Partisan Woman at the Biennale Gardens in Venice
To celebrate the Republic Day in Italy one cannot forget about the partisan movement and the monument in Venice that celebrates women who contributed to the fall of fascism in Italy.
This is the monument to the Partisan Woman, designed by Augusto Murer (Falcade 1922 – Padova 1985) in 1961. It is a bronze sculpture representing a reclining figure of a partisan woman.
Carlo Scarpa, who designed the basement, imagined that the best and most spontaneous way to look at the sculpture would be achieved by positioning it at a lower height than the observer. The chosen solution was to build a floating metal and concrete caisson whose surface is covered with bronze sheets. The artist's bronze lies on the sheets so that the status seems to be resting on the water surface. From the edge of the Riva dei Giardini passers-by can access the monument area through an apt opening in a brick wall.
Unfortunately, the technology and inadequate materials at the time, together with the increased wave motion, deprived the sculpture - almost from the very beginning – of its planned ability to float. However, in coincidence with the centenary of Carlo Scarpa's birth in 2009, the Municipality proceeded to perform a complete renovation of the monument and restored it to its former aspect.
Belluno: The mystery of the Pietrificatore from Sospirolo
Mysteries & Legends
Nestled inside the Dolomiti National Park, in the province of Belluno lies the small village of Sospirolo. A peculiar man was born here...View
Venice: The miracle of the Slave by Jacopo Tintoretto at the Gallerie dell'Accademia
2018 marks the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest painters of all time: Jacopo Robusti, known as ...View
Venice: The columns of the ciborium of the altar of St Mark’s Basilica
St Mark’s Basilica in Venice is an inexhaustible source of treasures... The four alabaster columns that support the ciborium above th...View
Padua: Jacopo Marcello, the Captain who shouldn’t have died
Ca’ Marcello in Piombino Dese, Italy is a beautiful eighteenth-century Venetian villa still inhabited today by the Marcello Counts, a...View
Venice: 'Il Paradiso' by Jacopo Tintoretto at the Doge’s Palace
During the visit to the Doge's Palace, one of the most beguiling halls is certainly the Great Council Chamber, a symbol of the thousand...View
Verona: The crocodile in San Michele Extra in Verona
Mysteries & Legends
Built by the famous architect Michele Sanmicheli starting in 1559, to house a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, the Sanctuary of Sant...View