Giuseppe Verdi Monument

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Giuseppe Verdi Monument
Giuseppe Verdi Monument.jpg
Verdi Monument in Verdi Square Park
Giuseppe Verdi Monument is located in New York
Giuseppe Verdi Monument
Location Verdi Square, New York City
Coordinates 40°46′45″N 73°58′55″W / 40.77917°N 73.98194°W / 40.77917; -73.98194Coordinates: 40°46′45″N 73°58′55″W / 40.77917°N 73.98194°W / 40.77917; -73.98194
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1906
Architect Pasquale Civiletti
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 90002223[1]
Added to NRHP October 4, 1990

The Giuseppe Verdi Monument is a sculpture in honor of composer Giuseppe Verdi located in Verdi Square Park in Manhattan, New York City.[2] The statue, by Pasquale Civiletti (1858–1952),[3] depicts Verdi flanked by four of his most popular characters: Falstaff (on the west side of the statue of Verdi), Leonora of La forza del destino (south side), Aida (north side), and Otello (east side).

The monument was dedicated on Columbus Day, October 12, 1906, by the Verdi Monument Committee chaired by Carlo Barsotti (1850–1927), an Italian-American who hoped to inspire young Italian Americans. He was the founding editor of the Il Progresso Italo-Americano Italian-American newspaper, and used its pages to raise funds for this and several other memorials including the Columbus Circle monument, an 1888 monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Washington Square Park, a monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano (1909) and the 1921 monument to Dante Alighieri in Dante Square.[2]

A permanent maintenance endowment for the monument has been established by Bertolli USA.[4] The monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Verdi Monument – Historical Sign". City of New York, Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Civiletti, Pasquale" by Carol Bradley in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 26 (1982) (Italian)
  4. ^ "Verdi Square", City of New York, Parks & Recreation

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