More Garibaldi – Giuseppe and Others…

Giuseppe Garibaldi Molfetta Puglia Italy

A few posts ago I speculated on whether Giuseppe Garibaldi may be the most celebrated secular man ever to be recreated in statue form across the World and I thought then, before declaring him the outright winner,  that it may be appropriate to take a look at the other contenders.

Some have gone already as they have been airbrushed out of history because surely the public likenesses of Lenin, Stalin, Franco, Tito and Napoleon Bonaparte would have challenged for this accolade and some will have their likenesses in bronze and stone but perhaps in a more limited way and I include here Nelson Mandela, Kemal Ataturk and Don Quixote.

La Colonne de la Grande Armée Boulogne France

So, where does that lead me?  There is no definite list as I can see but here are my suggestions for the top 5:

  1. My favourite – Garibaldi (of course)
  2. The first American President – George Washington.
  3. Another American President  – Abraham Lincoln
  4. The hero of Indian independence – Mahatma Ghandi
  5. Britain’s greatest ever hero – Winston Churchill

These are just my thoughts and I would be pleased to receive any alternative suggestions in your comments.

Mount Rushmore

10 responses to “More Garibaldi – Giuseppe and Others…

  1. I’ve still seen more statues of Lenin than of anybody else, though not all of them so proudly displayed as Garibaldi is.

    http://richardtullochwriter.com/2010/06/12/cesis-latvia-where-lenin-is-lying-in-crate/

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  2. Your post reminds me of a visit to Lithuania once, for a wedding. The father of the bride was a sculptor. He had done well making communist statues, and then when they were torn down he did well again making their replacements. SD

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  3. I only know about statues of Roman emperors, Augustus had quite a few chucked up around the place. We have Nelson here in Gib, surprise surprise, and some other military whizzes whose names I forget. You mentioned Napoleon, I would have thought there might be a few of Wellington kicking around. Anyway, post Roman empire, statues are somewhat of a blur to me.

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