Bust of Vittorio Fossombroni, Geniuses of Tolerance and Agriculture - (Fossombroni) - Florence, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 43° 46.121 E 011° 15.714
32T E 682051 N 4848667
Quick Description: Above the tomb of statesman and hydrologic engineer Vittorio Fossombroni are sculptures of Victtorio Fossombroni and the Geniuses of Tolerance and Agriculture. The tomb is located in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 3/15/2022 8:07:27 AM
Waymark Code: WM15X8X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:

The tomb of Vittorio Fossombroni was created by Lorenzo Bartolini. Above the tomb is a a grouping of three marble sculptures. Higher up on an inscribed base is a bust of Fossombroni wearing the robes of the knight of the Order of St. Stephen. Flanking the tomb are two draped nude figures they represent, on the left the Genius of Tolerance and on the right the Genius of Agriculture. Genius in this sense meaning spirit or muse. Link

The base is inscribed in Latin:

VITTORIO
FOSSOMBRONIO
AERE PUBLICO
LEOPOLDO II M.E.D.
IMPERANTE
ANNO MDCCCL

The inscription indicates the sculptures were first publically displayed in 1850 during the rule of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II.

On the floor is an imbedded plaque which is inscribed:

VITTORIO FOSSOMBRONIO
N. 15 SETTEMBRE 1754
M. 13 APRILE 1884

Vittorio Fossombroni was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy on September 15, 1754. He studied at the University of Pisa and became an accomplished hydrologic engineer. He is famous for draining the swamps of Tuscany to create arable land.

In 1796, he was appointed minister for foreign affairs and was appointed president of the commission of finance. He rose to the position of president of the legislative commission and was appointed prime minister under the Grand Duke Leopold II. He died in Florence on April 13, 1844.

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