Pomnik Bartolomeo Colleoniego

Pomnik Bartolomeo Colleoniego

Pomnik Bartolomeo Colleoniego
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3.5 of 5 bubbles7 reviews
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Warsaw, Poland384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This must be the strangest monument in Szczecin. The Venetian condotiero of Lombard origin Bartolomeo Colleoni probably never heard of Szczecin and, in turn, his military achievements were not heard of in Szczecin until 1913 when a local businessman decided to grace the city museum with a collection of ancient and Renaissance sculptures. As he could not afford the originals, he settled on high quality copies. This was the biggest piece of the collection, a perfect copy of the original which still graces one of the Venetian squares. After the war the monument was transferred to Warsaw where it was ultimately given to the Academy of Fine Arts and placed in the yard of the building. In the 1990s Szczecin wanted the monument back but the Academy refused to yield it. Ultimately, a settlement was reached - the Academy received a copy of the copy while the original copy was brought back to Szczecin in 2001 and placed on the Plac Lotników (Pilots' Square).
Quite obviously, it does not really commemorate the great Italian military commander of the Renaissance, it is now more of a piece of the German past of Szczecin which the communist authorities tried to erase immediately after the war but modern citizens of Szczecin are ready to embrace and cherish.
Written August 14, 2018
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