Cacciari Monument

Cacciari Monument

Approx. 1802


The monument consists of a high base which contains, in the middle, a tombstone marked with an inscription in Latin. On the top of it, there are some objects referring to the profession of lawyer, which he exerted; we can recognize a bundle, two scale pans, a sword in its sheath, an owl, which symbolises of Minerva, some branches of laurel and some law books. To top it off, there is a clypeus portraying Giuseppe Cacciari, facing right and crowned with some branches of laurel. At the bottom of the memorial stone, there are two tragic masks, a lit lantern and two funerary urns. In the background some objects are hung: a hermetic caduceus, a mirror wrapped by a serpent, a trumpet and a spyglass crossed with a compass. This work is a collaboration of three artists: the architect Santini, also designer of the project, and two painters, Pietro Fancelli, who made the ornaments, and Petronio Rizzi, who made the figures. The participation of Fancelli is not confirmed in his autobiography, but many stylistic references suggest his involvement.

Antonella Mampieri

Translation from the italian language thanks to the 2017/18 students of the Galvani high school in Bologna, supervised by the teacher Annamaria Marconi.

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