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34. The Strength

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

By - Giulio D'Ercole

Looking at the Altare della Patria ( the Altar of Motherland), the huge monument honoring King Vittorio Emanuele in Piazza Venezia, on the left side, one can see the large marble group that overlooks the fontana dell'Adriatico. The sculptural group is formed by a young Roman centurion who dominates a medieval crossbowman (an era in which Italy was divided into multiple states: during the Roman era the peninsula was instead under a single banner, that of Rome) and a worker holding a pickaxe with a reflexive pose. The concept of "force" is expressed by the muscular mass of the Roman centurion, which is imposing and has a Michelangelo's style (therefore mighty and majestic), and the overall shape of the sculptural group, which is triangular and angular .

Going to the Vittoriano, the other name of the Altare della Patria, at sunset, one can take advantage of the beautiful light embellishing the many gorgeous sculptures adorning the monument.

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