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.
So, where does that lead me? There is no definite list as I can see but here are my suggestions for the top 5:
- My favourite – Garibaldi (of course)
- The first American President – George Washington.
- Another American President – Abraham Lincoln
- The hero of Indian independence – Mahatma Ghandi
- 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.