Eleonora Duse (1858-1924), was one of the greatest Italian actors of all time. She deserves her portrait and marble bust. She was born in
Vigevano, near Pavia, to actor parents from the Veneto region. She debuted at the age of five as Cosette in Victor Hugo’s Les
Miserables. Her life was spent travelling with the great acting companies of Italy, Europe and America. Lover and performer of the works of poet, writer
and playwright Gabriele d’Annunzio, she was able to delve deeply into the psychology of female roles with great efficacy. She was also romantically
linked to another important musician and literary figure, Arrigo Boito, composer of Mefistofele and Verdi’s librettist for Otello, Falstaff and
the revised version of Simon Boccanegra.