Cola di Rienzo: A Medieval Populist?
In the small garden next to the Cordonata Capitolina, the flight of steps that leads up to Piazza di Campidoglio, stands a statue of Cola di Rienzo (1313-54), self-styled 'Tribune of the Roman people', the work of the Florentine sculptor Girolamo Masini (1840-85).
The monument was unveiled on September 20th, 1887. The base was designed by Francesco Azzurri (1827-1901) and incorporates fragments of ancient marble.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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