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Dante Memorial Statue

A bronze standing figure of Dante, renowned poet, shows him in the gown of a scholar and crowned with a laurel wreath, on a pedestal of sea-green granite.
Dante Aligheri Memorial Statue at Meridian Hill Park

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Dante Aligheri was an Italian poet best known for his 1320 work, "The Divine Comedy," an allegorical representation of the afterlife according to the Catholic faith. The statue was a gift from Carlo Barsotti of New York on behalf of Italian-born Americans. An Act of Congress approved February 14, 1922 (42 Stat. 366) authorized its erection on public grounds. 

Cost: The cost was to produce the statue was $50,000. It was gifted to the United States free of charge.

Dedicated: December 1, 1921.

Sculptor: Ettore Ximenes (Rome, Italy)

Memorial Description

A bronze standing figure of Dante, renowned poet, shows him in the gown of a scholar and crowned with a laurel wreath, on a pedestal of sea-green granite.


Base, front:
DANTE

Base, back: 
DANTE ALIGHIERI / PRESENTED TO THE / CITY OF WASHINGTON / IN BEHALF OF THE / ITALIANS IN THE / UNITED STATES BY / COMM CARLO BARSOTTI

Statue base, just below the statues left foot: 
Roman Bronze Works N.Y.

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Last updated: March 12, 2022