Friday, January 28, 2011

Two Grand Dukes

Monument to Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, LivornoThe monument to Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, by the sculptor Francesco Pozzi, was erected in the southern part of “Piazza della Repubblica” around 1840.Monument to Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, LivornoHe is facing the statue of another Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II, sculpted in 1855 by Emilio Santarelli to replace the monument damaged in 1849 and now placed in “Piazza XX Settembre”.
Leopold II was the son of Ferdinand III, so another good title for this post could have been “Father and Son”.

See also: Leopold II of Tuscany - Forlorn Grand Duke - Heraldic Bees

19 comments:

Alan said...

Those are fantasitc statues and in great condition for their age. Another very interesting post.

Luis Gomez said...

VP, I just love these statues.

ρομπερτ said...

One receives the impression, that they 'do talk' every once in a while.

Please have a good Friday.

daily athens

Farmchick said...

Wouldn't it be great if they could talk every once in a while?!

Kaori said...

These are great! I love the expression on Leopold II :-D

Kate said...

If the statues are true to life, a formidable, larger than life individual!

Leif Hagen said...

Very stately, historical statues! We don't have anything like that in my city! Zut!

Randy said...

What grand looking statue. Nice shot.

Jack said...

Very powerful figures. It appears that Ferdinand III is lecturing Leopold III, but Leopold II isn't buying it.

Dina said...

Do you think someday they will erect statues of famous Italian bloggers?
Have you ever tried wearing a toga, VP?

Small City Scenes said...

Or maybe they could be called the 'Scowling Father and Son'. That makes them look important as they were. MB

cieldequimper said...

Ah Romans... :-))

Traveling Hawk said...

Very nice statues, indeed. I like the "toga" especially at the first one.

Svenske Floyd said...

Yet another possible title: "The Power of Neoclassicism". These personalities from the 18-19th centuries are not only in marble, but also outfitted like ancient Romans!

Gunn said...

Not decorated with graffiti ?
Great work of ART!
- Have a nice weekend!
I will go to the Italian Culture Club, and watch a film called "Happy Family! (www.ikis.no) tonight.

Halcyon said...

They certainly look Duke-ish. Very regal photos!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting history with these sculptures. I like so much the name Leopold and it's a surprise for me, because I didn't know it was an Italian name!
A fabulous weekend,
hugs and thanks for these beautiful pictures!
Léia

JM said...

The way they sculpted robes, making them look so real, always fascinates me. Both are wonderful statues.

VP said...

@ Gunn - Not so bad, if I remember well. The average of our movies is much worse now...

@ Léia - I don't think Leopold has Latin origins, these guys were Habsburg-Lorraine after all.