L’Italie reconnaissante.Auteur : Vicenzo VELA (1820-1891)
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The woman on the right is Italy, half naked, her hands on her chest, bare feet, turned towards France and ready to offer her a kiss of peace. France is wearing a long robe adorned with eagles and other patterns. On the floor lays a broken chains and the signature of the artist : Vincenzo Vela F. 1862. The statue is on a wooden base where is written : 
A EUGENIA IMPERATRICENELL’ ESULTANZADELLA PRIMA VITTORIACHE RENDEVA LA PATRIA A SE’ STESSALE DONNE MILANESIGIUGNO MDCCCLIX
(To the Impress Eugenie - in the joy of the first victory that offered the homeland back to herself - the ladies from Milan - June 1859)
After Lombardy fought the Austrians in 1859, the women of Milan started a suscription for the Empress Eugénie to thank France for its help. The statues are allegories : the two nations are embodied by the two women. Italy’s freedom is depicted by the chains, its enslavement by its nudity and fragility. France is calm and protective, as a country more and more powerful in Europe. 

L’Italie reconnaissante.

Auteur : Vicenzo VELA (1820-1891)

@credits

The woman on the right is Italy, half naked, her hands on her chest, bare feet, turned towards France and ready to offer her a kiss of peace. France is wearing a long robe adorned with eagles and other patterns. On the floor lays a broken chains and the signature of the artist : Vincenzo Vela F. 1862. The statue is on a wooden base where is written : 

A EUGENIA IMPERATRICE
NELL’ ESULTANZA
DELLA PRIMA VITTORIA
CHE RENDEVA LA PATRIA A SE’ STESSA
LE DONNE MILANESI
GIUGNO MDCCCLIX

(To the Impress Eugenie - in the joy of the first victory that offered the homeland back to herself - the ladies from Milan - June 1859)

After Lombardy fought the Austrians in 1859, the women of Milan started a suscription for the Empress Eugénie to thank France for its help. The statues are allegories : the two nations are embodied by the two women. Italy’s freedom is depicted by the chains, its enslavement by its nudity and fragility. France is calm and protective, as a country more and more powerful in Europe. 

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