Pasquino - Roma, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 41° 53.866 E 012° 28.341
33T E 290323 N 4641515
Quick Description: Pasquino is a statue of the 3rd century BC which was discovered in the Parione district of Rome in 1501. It is located in a piazza of the same name at the northwest corner of Palazzo Braschi.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 6/2/2019 6:51:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM10NFF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
Pasquino is the name used by Romans since the early modern period to describe a battered Hellenistic-style statue dating to the third century BC, which was unearthed in the Parione district of Rome in the fifteenth century. The statue is known as the first of the talking statues of Rome, because of the tradition of attaching anonymous criticisms to its base.

The statue's fame dates to the early sixteenth century, when Cardinal Oliviero Carafa draped the marble torso of the statue in a toga and decorated it with Latin epigrams on the occasion of Saint Mark's Day.

The Cardinal's actions led to a custom of criticizing the pope or his government by the writing of satirical poems in broad Roman dialect—called "pasquinades" from the Italian "pasquinate"—and attaching them to the statue "Pasquino".

Thus Pasquino became the first talking statue of Rome. He spoke out about the people's dissatisfaction, denounced injustice, and assaulted misgovernment by members of the Church. From this tradition are derived the English-language terms pasquinade and pasquil, which refer to an anonymous lampoon in verse or prose. The six talking statues of Rome are Pasquino, Marforio, Madama Lucrezia, Abbot Luigi, Il Babuino, and Il Facchino.

The actual subject of the sculpture is Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus, and the subject, or the composition applied to other figures as in the Sperlonga sculptures, occurs a number of times in classical sculpture, where it is now known as a "Pasquino group". The actual identification of the sculptural subject was made in the eighteenth century by the antiquarian Ennio Quirino Visconti, who identified it as the torso of Menelaus supporting the dying Patroclus; the more famous of two Medici versions of this is in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy. The Pasquino is more recently characterized as a Hellenistic sculpture of the third century BC, or a Roman copy.

The larger than life stone statue represents the torso of a male figure with no arms and only half a leg, his head turned to his right with his gaze up to the sky.

The origin of the name, "Pasquino", remains obscure. By the mid-sixteenth century it was reported that the name "Pasquino" derived from a nearby tailor who was renowned for his wit and intellect; speculation had it that his legacy was carried on through the statue, in "the honor and everlasting remembrance of the poor tailor"

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Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Pasquino

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Unknown

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 3rd century BC

Materials used: Stone

Location: Piazza di Pasquino

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