Italy: bronze statue of scantily dressed woman sparks sexism row

Italy: bronze statue of scantily dressed woman sparks sexism row

Italy: bronze statue of scantily dressed woman sparks sexism row

The Guardian says a statue depicting a scantily dressed woman from a 19th-century poem has sparked a sexism row in Italy.

The bronze statue, which portrays the woman in a transparent dress, was unveiled on Saturday during a ceremony attended by the former prime minister Giuseppe Conte in Sapri, in the southern Campania region.

The work by the sculptor Emanuele Stifano is a tribute to La Spigolatrice di Sapri (The Gleaner of Sapri), written by the poet Luigi Mercantini in 1857. The poem is based on the story of a failed expedition against the Kingdom of Naples by Carlo Pisacane, one of the first Italian socialist thinkers.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/27/italy-bronze-statue-of-scantily-dressed-woman-sparks-sexism-row


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