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Poetic Licence?

10 May 2022


Italy has another row over a statue of a woman, this time in the southern town of Sapri. It's a bronze statue by Stifano, with only the suggestion of clothing, supposedly to honour a 19th Century poem  The sculpture is allegedly a tribute to Luigi Mercantini's 1857 poem, La Spigolatrice di Sapri (The Gleaner of Sapri), about a military encounter.

Congresswoman Laura Boldrini said the statue was "an offense to women and to the history it should celebrate". She and other female politicians are calling for its removal.