Monday, November 8, 2010

Enrico Bartelloni

Bust of Enrico Bartelloni, San Marco Gate, LivornoEnrico Bartelloni, born on 8 November 1814, was one of the many Livornesi who stood out during the defence of the city against the Austrian troops in May 1841. Nicknamed “il Gatto” (the Cat), he was a cooper by trade and a devout follower of Giuseppe Mazzini. He fought with many others around San Marco Gate until the battle was definitely lost.He was able to escape safely after the fight, but later he couldn't resist mocking repeatedly the Austrian troops. He was recognized, arrested and, after a quick trial, executed by firing squad.Bust of Enrico Bartelloni, San Marco Gate, LivornoTo further commemorate the Livornese patriot, in 1957 a bronze bust by the sculptor Vitaliano de Angelis was placed on the walls where the fighting took place, near San Marco Gate.

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14 comments:

Randy said...

Wonderful post. I love the color of the sculpture.

brattcat said...

I wonder if he got eight more lives?

Hilda said...

Goodness, I want to bop him on the head. Mocking them? He might have done more if he turned guerrilla. Still, he definitely deserves to be commemorated for fighting and resisting.

Beautiful old textures in the bust and the stone walls.

Luis Gomez said...

Great post VP.

Dina said...

A sad end for a brave man.
So many names written in history on the plaque.

cieldequimper said...

So many almost anonymous braves around.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful and important homage to this brave man!
Léia :)

Kaori said...

Are the names written on the plaque the other people who lost their lives? He looks very strong willed :-D

B SQUARED said...

Sounds like a true patriot.

Halcyon said...

I certainly did not know this story. He was a brave man. I'm glad he's getting some recognition now!

JM said...

Great information, VP, I've never heard of il Gatto before. Thanks.

Traveling Hawk said...

Interesting story, VP. I appreciate when countries do know to preserve and honour their heroes!

Jack said...

I like the contrast between the bust's patina and the gray wall. Thanks for taking the time to explain his history. There is a lesson to us about getting a little too confident . . .

Francisca said...

Interesting man of principle and interesting psychology. As Hilda points out, it might have been more "productive" for this patriot to hold his tongue and find other more practical means to resist. But what is, is. Good post.