The monument to the great statesman Camillo Cavour (1810-61), which stands in Piazza Cavour, was created by the sculptor Stefano Galletti (1832-1905) between 1885 and 1895.
The monument was unveiled by King Umberto I (r. 1878-1900) on September 24th, 1895, as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Rome (September 20th, 1870).
The base of the monument is adorned with a number of allegorical bronze statues. On the south side, Italy & Rome; on the west and east sides, Thought & Action; and on the north side, Force.
Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, was a leading figure in the movement for Italian unification. He served, albeit briefly, as the first prime minister of the Kingdom of Italy, which was founded in March, 1861.
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 walking tours of Rome.
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