Abbot Luigi is one of the talking statues of Rome. Like the other five "talking statues", pasquinades - irreverent satires poking fun at public figures - were posted beside Abate Luigi in the 14th and 15th centuries.The statue is a late Roman sculpture of a standing man in a toga, probably a senior magistrate. It was found during the excavations for the foundations of the Palazzo Vidoni-Caffarelli, near the Theatre of Pompey. After being moved to various locations in Rome, the statue has been situated in the piazza Vidoni since 1924, near its place of discovery, on a side wall of the Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle. Its head has been removed in jest several times.The original identity of the person depicted has not been determined, and it was named after a clergyman from the nearby chiesa del Sudario.An inscription on its plinth testifies to Abate Luigi's loquacity: FUI DELL’ANTICA ROMA UN CITTADINO ORA ABATE LUIGI OGNUN MI CHIAMA CONQUISTAI CON MARFORIO E CON PASQUINO NELLE SATIRE URBANE ETERNA FAMA EBBI OFFESE, DISGRAZIE E SEPOLTURA MA QUI VITA NOVELLA E ALFIN SICURABy using our Rome itinerary tool, you can arrange your visit to Statua dell'Abate Luigi and other attractions in Rome.
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The Abbate Luiggi, as it is called by the Romans is the sixth talking statue of Rome, located in Piazza Vidoni, on the side wall of the Basilica of St. Andrew of the Valley. It is a late-Roman sculpture, probably depicting a high magistrate. In the absence of a precise identification, the nickname was assigned to him by the popular imagination that, he found the character particularly similar to the priest of the nearby church of the Shroud, known precisely by that name. Like the other five, it was the "voice" of several pasquinates, which hit the public figures in power heavily and always anonymously. The statue over the centuries has had heavy acts of vandalism such as the removal of the head, which has been repeatedly replaced. It was on the occasion of a "decapitation" in 1966 that the statue spoke last time, with a pasquinata addressed to the unknown vandal (but not only to him): "Or you who arubbasti the head see of the immantinent a-door sintinent, vòi véde? how it fused gnente me manneno ar Government. And that bothers me."
Roman statue with rifled robe (senator?), one of the 6 Roman speaking statues.
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