Leonardo Da Vinci Statue Milan Italy about 1892

STATUE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI, MILAN, ITALY — Almost in the shadow of the grand Milan Cathedral rises this noble monument in marble, erected in 1872 to the memory of that immortal artist of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci. Upon a lofty pedestal stands the colossal statue of the master, apparently absorbed in thought. Below him are life-size figures of four of his pupils, and copies in relief of some of his principal works. The city of Milan has done well to honor thus this most versatile of men, for it was here that he exhibited his brilliant talents to an astonishing degree under the patronage of the Milanese Duke. Here he lived nearly twenty years. Here in the convent of the Madonna delle Grazie is the ruin of his wonderful masterpiece, “The Last Supper,” with which the world has long since been made familiar through paintings and engravings. There seems to have been no department of art in which this extraordinary Leonardo did not excel, for he was famous as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, musician, poet and manager of all the gaieties of the Ducal court! Beyond this monument of Da Vinci the illustration gives us a hint of the spacious and beautiful Gallery of Victor Emanuel. It is in the form of a Latin cross, with an octagon in the centre, and is about 1,000 feet in length and ninety-four feet high. It forms a most attractive promenade, for not only does it contain many cafes and handsome shops, but its decorations are extremely rich and elegant. No less than twenty-four statues of famous Italians adorn its walls, and many elaborate frescoes also claim one’s admiration. The cost of this Gallery in 1867 was one and a half million dollars. Its architect, Mengoni, lost his life by falling from one of its portals. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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