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Memmia Island – Statues

In 1775, Andrea Memmo, provveditore (superintendent) of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, decided to redevelop the entire area in order to make the square a pleasant place to be, and Professor Domenico Cerato imagined a large oval-shaped garden surrounded by a triple order of statues representing the most famous figures in Paduan history. The statues were supposed to depict people who had already died, although an exception was made for Canova, and only male characters. In fact there is also a female statue. Now, looking at them carefully, one realises that the numbers on the pedestals go up to eighty-seven, while the statues number seventy-eight. However, there is no mystery: the French tore down those of the Venetian doges.

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