Lady Liberty’s twin statue travels from Florence to New York

Lady Liberty’s twin statue travels from Florence to New York


Two stunning women will be confronted in the Hudson Bay of New York. One, monolithic and monumental and dominating the port of the Big Apple since 1886, is the famous symbolic statue Lady Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World, by Frédéric Bartholdi). On the other hand, and thought as a sculpture not as a monument, therefore of smaller dimensions but more significant in ‘aura,’ is her Florentine sister, Libertà della Poesia (The Freedom of Poetry). Less known by the public, but equality captivating, the Italian twin sculpture visits the city of New York on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Sisters in Liberty,’ which will be on display at the Immigration Museum located at the Ellis Island until April 26, 2020.

The exhibition presents a faithful reproduction of the work Libertà della Poesia created by the sculptor Pio Fedi in 1883, dedicated to the Italian patriot Giovanni Battista Niccolini, buried in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Precisely the initiative is promoted by the Santa Croce Opera (the institution that manages the monumental complex of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence), which also celebrates the bicentenary of the General Consulate of the United States of America in Florence.

La estatua gemela de Lady Liberty viaja de Florencia a Nueva York

Dos mujeres imponentes confrontadas en la bahía Hudson de Nueva York. Una, grandiosa en tamaño, es la famosa Lady Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World, de Frédéric Bartholdi), la estatua simbólica de la ciudad que domina el puerto de la Gran Manzana desde 1886. La otra, de dimensiones más modestas y menos acostumbrada a la fama, es su hermana florentina, que visita la ciudad con motivo de la exposición «Sisters in Liberty», disponible hasta el 26 de abril de 2020 en el Museo de Inmigración de Ellis Island.

La iniciativa, promovida por la Ópera de Santa Croce (institución que gestiona el complejo monumental de la basílica de Santa Croce en Florencia), celebra el bicentenario del Consulado General de los Estados Unidos en Florencia. La muestra presenta en Nueva York una reproducción fiel de la obra Libertà della Poesia, creada por el escultor Pio Fedi en 1883, como monumento dedicado al patriota italiano Giovanni Battista Niccolini, enterrado en la basílica de Santa Croce en Florencia.

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Paco Neumann

Paco Neumann is a journalist, photographer, proofreader, flâneur and perpetual amateur currently living in between Florence, Berlin, Paris and Tenerife. He´s been a regular contributor to fashion, art, trend and lifestyle magazines and worked for news, advertising and communication agencies

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