Statue of Petrarch
Height: 23 inches (57 cm)
Width: 8,4 inches (21 cm)
Length: 8,4 inches (21 cm)
Material image: neolith (resin)
Weight: 33 lbs
Francesco Petrarch is one of the most famous Italian poets and writers of the 14th century. His love for a woman called Laura (who she is is not quite certain) led Petrach to some wonderful lyrical poetry. Later in life he wrote: "In my younger days I struggled constantly with an overwhelming but pure love affair – my only one, and I would have struggled with it longer had not premature death, bitter but salutary for me, extinguished the cooling flames. I certainly wish I could say that I have always been entirely free from desires of the flesh, but I would be lying if I did".
The statue is based on the statue which can be found on the Piazza Petrarca, across from the Basilica del Carmine (Padua, Italy). A copy of the statue can also be found in Petrarch’s house (Arquà Petrarca, Padua, Italy). The design appears to be by Luigi Ceccon and dates from 1874.