This sculpture was executed on a private commission by a group of Milanesepatriot ladies as a present for Empress Eugénie of France, wife of Napoleon III. Part of the public opinion saw the nudity of Italy as a representation of the unachieved emancipation from foreign powers the country was facing.


  • Title: Italy Grateful to France
  • Creator: Vincenzo Vela
  • Date: 1861 - 1862
  • Physical Dimensions: w145.3 x h199 x d106 cm (Complete)
  • Original name in Italian: l'Italia riconoscente alal Francia
  • Exhibition: Ligornetto, Switzerland
  • Provenance: Swiss Confederation
  • Type: Original Plaster Model
  • Rights: © Museo Vincenzo Vela
  • Medium: Plaster

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