Giuseppe Verdi (1907)

by G. B. Bashanellifusi

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art
Horticulture Center grounds (Belmont Avenue and North Horticultural Drive, West Fairmount Park)
1907

  • Title

    Giuseppe Verdi

  • Artist

    G. B. Bashanellifusi

  • Year

    1907

  • Medium

    Bronze, granite and limestone base

  • Dimensions

    Height 3’8″ (base 8’6″)

Gift of the Italian Colony of Philadelphia to the City of Philadelphia

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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At A Glance

  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • The second monument given by Italian-Americans to the City of Philadelphia

  • This limestone pedestal features three of the composer’s greatest operas, Rigoletto (1851), La Traviata (1853), and Aida (1871)

One of the most influential composers of all time, Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813-1901) music continues to be popular worldwide. Verdi’s works span several periods of 19th century Italian music. This limestone pedestal features three of the composer’s greatest operas, Rigoletto (1851), La Traviata (1853), and his masterpiece Aida (1871).

A gift of the Italian Colony of Philadelphia in 1907, this was the second monument given by Italian-Americans to the City. The first was the Columbus monument, located at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia.

A detail of G. B. Bashanellifusi's Giuseppe Verdi in Fairmount Park
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

David Kim is Concertmaster and solo violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a renowned teacher who presents master classes world-wide. Kim also works with youth to cultivate future audiences for classical music.

Hardy von Auenmueller is Chairman of the Board of The German Society of Pennsylvania, founded in 1764 to assist German immigrants. Today the organization furthers the understanding of German and German-American contributions to American history and culture.

Richard N. Juliani is a historian who has studied immigration and ethnic life, with a focus on the Italian American experience. He is the author of The Social Organization of Immigration: The Italians in Philadelphia.

Segment Producer: Jonathan Mitchell

A program of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association), Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an innovative and accessible outdoor sculpture audio program for Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art.

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Photo Albert Yee © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

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