Tuesday Tunes: A Girl Like You

Birth of Venus

 by Sandro Botticelli, 1486

Uffizi Gallery

Florence, Italy





Liberty of Poetry

by Pio Fedi, 1870

Santa Croce

Florence, Italy


Atop playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini’s tomb in the basilica of Santa Croce is a statue remarkably similar to New York’s Statue of Liberty.

Both depict a woman in neoclassical robes with a crown of rays, standing on a broken chain, her right arm uplifted.  Pio Fedi started to design the Florentine statue, known as Liberty of Poetry, in 1870.  It was the same year in which Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the New York Statue of Liberty, was in Italy, fighting alongside General Garibaldi during the Franco-Prussian War.


The Coronation Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist

oil on panel, circa 1600

National Portrait Gallery

London, England


Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

Front view


by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)

Musée du Louvre

Paris, France


Venus Bordeaux, 2001

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

by Jim Dine

(American, b. 1935)

Bordeaux, France


The Kiss


by Auguste Rodin

Outside the Musée de l‘Orangerie

Paris, France


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