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Madama Lucrezia, Rome

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Madama Lucrezia (Romanesco: Madama Lugrezzia) is one of the five "talking statues" of Rome. Pasquinades — irreverent satires poking fun at public figures — were posted beside each of the statues from the 16th century onwards, written as if spoken by the statue, largely in answer to the verses posted at the sculpture called "Pasquino" Madama Lucrezia was the only female "talking statue", and was the subject of competing verses by Pasquino and Marforio.

Madama Lucrezia is a colossal Roman bust, about 3 metres high, sited on a plinth in the corner of a piazza between the Palazzo Venezia and the basilica of St. Mark. The statue is badly disfigured, and the original subject cannot be identified with certainty, but may represent the Egyptian goddess Isis (or of a priestess of Isis), or perhaps a portrait of the Roman empress Faustina. The bust was given to Lucrezia d'Alagno, the lover of Alfonso d'Aragona, King of Naples; she moved to Rome after Alfonso's death in 1458.
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  • It is easy to miss this bust, but the history of it is fascinating as it was a vehicle for satire of public officials hundreds of years ago. Even better that they picked a female for one of the...  more »
  • Tucked away in a corner in Piazza di San Marco is the Roman bust of Madama Lucrezia. One of five "talking statues" of Rome, Madama Lucrezia was the only female. The statue is badly disfigured but...  more »

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