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  • Sculptor: Gaetano Russo
  • Description: Standing figue (colossal scale) on rostral column on pedestal, base, and plinth; pedestal figure of a winged youth examining a globe; two bas-reliefs on base
  • Materials: Figures--Carrara marble; Column--granite; Rostra and bas-reliefs--bronze
  • Dimensions: Total: 76'; Figure H: 13'; Column H: 35'; Pedestal H: 28'
  • Cast: 1892
  • Dedicated: October 12, 1892
  • Foundry: Nelli, Rome
  • Donor: Italian Americans led by Carlo Barsotti, publisher, Il Progresso Italo Americano
  • Inscription: [top, English inscription] TO CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS / THE ITALIANS RESIDENT IN AMERICA, / SCOFFED AT BEFORE, / DURING THE VOYAGE, MENACED, / AFTER IT, CHAINED, / AS GENEROUS AS OPPRESSED, / TO THE WORLD HE GAVE A WORLD. /

    [bottom, English inscription] JOY AND GLORY / NEVER UTTERED A MORE THRILLING CALL / THAT THAT WHICH RESOUNDED / FROM THE CONQUERED OCEAN / IN SIGHT OF THE FIRST AMERICAN ISLAND /LAND! LAND! /
    ON THE XII OF OCTOBER MDCCCXCII / THE FOURTH CENTENARY / OF THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA / IN IMPERISHABLE REMEMBRANCE. /

    [top, Italian inscription] A CRISTOFORO COLOMBO / GL ITALIANI RESIDENTI IN AMERICA / IRRISO PRIMA / MINACCIATO DURANTE IL VIAGGIO / INCATENATO DOPO / SAPENDO ESSER GENEROSO QUANTO OPPRESSO / DONAVA UN MONDO AL MONDO

    [bottom, Italian inscription] LA GIOIA E LA GLORIA / NON EBBERO MAI PIU SOLENNE GRIDO / DI OUELLO CHE RISUONO IN VISTA / DELLA PRIMA ISOLA AMERICANA / TERRA! TERRA! /
    NEL 12 OTTOBRE 1892 / QUARTO CENTENARIO / DELLA SCOPERTA D'AMERICA / A IMPERITURA MEMORIA /

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