The first statue in the city dedicated to a woman was inaugurated in Milan. It is Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, heroine and philanthropist of the Risorgimento who participated in the Five Days of Milan in 1848. The statue is located in piazza Belgioioso and was unveiled by the mayor Giuseppe Sala on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the patriot and writer. “It is incredible – said Mayor Sala – that before today there was no statue in Milan dedicated to a woman, the next one will be dedicated to Margherita Hack”. In fact, in Milan none of the 121 statues present on the urban fabric is dedicated to a female personality, with the exception of subjects of religious or allegorical iconography. The sculptor Giuseppe Bergomi returned the figure of Christina of Belgiojoso on the basis of the iconographic documentation collected by the Brivio Sforza Foundation. A woman of culture, educated and fortunate in terms of class and wealth, “she put herself into play with competence and determination to create a more inclusive model of society”.
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