The statue dedicated to Cristina Trivulzio di Belgioioso, in Milan – Fotogramma
From today Milan has its first statue dedicated to a woman, Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, an intellectual and protagonist of the Risorgimento, whose 150th anniversary will be celebrated this year.
The work was set up in the homonymous piazza Belgioioso, and is described by Giuseppe Bergomi, the sculptor who created it, as “an anti-rhetorical image, which allows us to underline a reflective, thoughtful but also dynamic attitude”.
Cristina di Belgioioso has been partially forgotten but in the 19th century she was famous throughout Europe for her commitment to the unification of Italy, which forced her to flee to France. It was in Paris that he began to write and participate in the political and cultural debate of the time. And here he opened a salon frequented by the most famous intellectuals. She had an eventful life that saw her also active in the affair of the Roman Republic. Initially republican, it then arrived at a unitary and monarchical vision of Italy.
With the exception of religious or allegorical figures, it is the first depiction of a female historical figure to find its place in the Lombard capital. “In our destiny there is the fact of looking for more rather than less – comments the Milanese mayor Giuseppe Sala at the inauguration ceremony of the statue – and having the will to grow as a community, Milan will restart from its history and its values, and by women “