5 Sculptures to explore in Italy
Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.
The Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue placed in 1954 on the bottom of the bay of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino within the Portofino Marine Protected Natural Area, at a depth of 17 meters. The dive to observe the statue is one of the most famous excursions of the Ligurian coast, and the Christ has become over the years the symbol of the passion for diving and the sea.
The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy, the third-largest in Europe and the fifth-largest in the world. The roof is open to tourists for a fee, which allows many a close-up view of some spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated.
Porcellino meaning ‘the little pig’, is a bronze fountain decoration that eats the coins of visitors who come asking for good luck and usually rub the beast’s snout when they’re finished. it was mainly based on a tradition. The fountain figure was sculpted and cast by Baroque master Pietro Tacca. The boar stands over a pool containing representations of tortoises, snakes, frogs, snails, lizards and crabs. In front is a cast iron fountain receptacle.
A beautiful garden which was made in wood and many of its giant sculptures were carved from living rock. Stylistically, Bomarzo represents a step towards the drama of the Baroque. The garden was created during the 16th century. The park's name stems from the many larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock, which populate this predominantly barren landscape.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer of Maratea is the work of the Florentine sculptor Bruno Innocenzi and was commissioned by Count Stefano Rivetti of Valcervo. The statue was erected in 1965 on the summit of Monte San Biagio in the old Maratea Superior, also called Castle, the place where once stood a memorial cross in stone. This is the third tallest statue of Jesus in Europe, after Christ the King in Świebodzin, Poland, and Cristo-Rei in Lisbon.