My favourite statue in Genova

This is my favourite statue in Genova.

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It stands over the entrance to the Nino Bixio tunnel leading from Piazza Corvetto towards the university.

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It’s Andrea Doria, a 16th-century Genoese admiral. This statue, and the one next to it, was created in 1929 for the opening of the tunnel and are the work of Eugenio Baroni, who is also famous for the monument to Garibaldi’s thousand in Quarto, farther along the coast, as well as many statues in Genova’s famous Staglieno cemetery.

I love the expression, his big, long fingers, and his hair.

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The figure on the other side of the tunnel is Guglielmo Embriaco, a crusader. Note, again, the fingers.

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Maria Mazzini (mother of Giuseppe) can be spotted across the square.

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And since we’re on the topic of statues and masonry, here’s a detail from Genova’s Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. I love the weathered and cracked paw.

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