Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Busts on the Roof

In Livorno you can fish fake Modigliani's heads from the bottom of a canal, but you could also find some even more mysterious sculptures on the roof of a building in Piazza Mazzini. A local legend says that these busts are dedicated to the wives of an unlucky man who lost them in a short time, one after the other.
Livorno
Anyway, the busts don't really look feminine: the right one has even some kind of winged cap like the one of the Roman god Mercury.
Livorno
The second bust is too worn to make out any detail. If the legend is true, this tribute notwithstanding, I guess the poor guy had some troubles trying to marry again.

See also: Modì's Heads - Looking at the Sea
External links: Mercury (Wikipedia)

10 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great post VP.

Randy said...

These are nice. Not something we would find here.

Jack said...

Those are crazy legends. Those are busts of men. I am not going to explain how you can tell . . .

cieldequimper said...

Oh lol. Especially at Jack.

Babzy said...

ineresting legend :)

VP said...

Jack - I guess we had the same thought...

Karl Demetz said...

I wonder where remained the rest of these nice statues...

Halcyon said...

You have such a funny sense of humour. Love this post.

Ako said...

Non sapevo di questi busti, sono bellissimi :)

Jacopo

JM said...

I like to see them worn.