ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA 2022. Mama Lupa – La statua in bronzo del lupo donata alla città di Cincinnati, USA durante il regno di Mussolini nel 1931 è stata distrutta e rubata; in: Notizie dagli Stati Uniti (17/06/2022); in: Tana Weingartner / Twt & 91.7 WVXU (17/06/2022) & The Cincinnati Enquirer (17/06/2022), (07/01/2020) & (09 Aug. 1931); S.v., Il GIORNALE D’ ITALIA (07/08/1931): 4.
** Avviso al lettore italiano: Inizio estate 2022 – Omicidio, criminalità e violenza stanno ora affliggendo le città americane; Personalmente non consiglierei a nessun visitatore italiano o studente universitario di visitare o viaggiare negli USA, a meno che non sia assolutamente necessario. Il numero di visitatori o studenti italiani assassinati nel 2022, a New York City e altrove negli Stati Uniti, è oltre l’orribile.
Commento di RARA 2022 (20/06/2022). **
1). CINCINNATI / ROME – Bronze wolf statue gifted to Cincinnati from Rome during Mussolini’s reign has been stolen. By Tana Weingartner / Twt & 91.7 WVXU (17/06/2022).
A bronze statue of a wolf — a gift from the city of Rome to Cincinnati during the 1930s when dictator Benito Mussolini was in power — has been stolen from Eden Park.
Cincinnati Parks spokesman Rocky Merz says a park visitor reported the missing statue early Friday morning.
“What they discovered is that — the statue is a large bronze statue of a wolf — somebody had cut the wolf off at the paws and removed the entire bronze section,” Merz reports.
The Capitoline Wolf statue depicts the she-wolf nursing the Roman mythological twins Romulus and Remus. It stands on a granite and marble base inscribed “Il Governatore di Roma, alla Citta di Cincinnati, ANNO X,” roughly translated as “from the governor of Rome to the city of Cincinnati in the 10th year of Mussolini’s time in power.”
It’s an exact replica of Lupa Capitolina at the Musei Capitolini in Rome.
Foto: Roma, Ursula von der Leyen Presidente dell’UE, in visita al Museo Capitolino e in piedi davanti all’amata statua della famosa in tutto il mondo e orgoglio di Roma, la lupa. Fonte: Sindaca di Roma – Roberto Gualtieri / Video; Instagram (09/06/2022).
Foto: Rome, Ursula von der Leyen President of the E.U., visiting the Capitoline Museum and standing next to the beloved statue of the world famous and pride of Rome, the She wolf. Source: Mayor of Rome – Roberto Gualtieri / Video; Instagram (09/06/2022).
“It’s honestly hard to put a value on something that’s so historical and specifically significant to the city,” Merz says. “This was gifted to the city of Cincinnati by the city of Rome in 1931. Beyond material costs and those sorts of things, it’s really hard to establish value. That being said, for insurance purposes we are working with in-house and other local experts to determine the value.”
Merz would not speculate on if the statue may have been taken for purposes other than being sold for the value of the metal.
Several years ago, the statue was the center of some controversy in Cincinnati because of its ties to Mussolini. Then-City Council member Chris Seelbach raised the idea of removing the statue from the Twin Lakes area of Eden Park after a 2015 report in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“Statues from the monster that was Benito Mussolini don’t belong in our parks,” Seelbach wrote in 2020 tweet responding to the newspaper article. “Museums? Maybe. But not Cincinnati parks.”
Ultimately the controversy ebbed and the statue remained in place — until Friday, when it was discovered severed at the paws.
Mary Anne Bressler of Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood was visiting the park Friday morning with her grandkids. They stopped to inspect the four lone paws and the pair of figurines. She says she’s been walking past the statue for most of her life.
“It’s such a historic Cincinnati landmark and it’s just kind of shocking to walk up and see it severed apart and the wolf gone,” she said. “It just seems surprising… I know there’s controversy about the whole thing, but … I hadn’t heard anything recently.”
Cincinnati Parks is requesting anyone with information about the theft contact Cincinnati Police.
“The fact of the matter is we have significant pieces of art throughout our (park) system that are there for the public to enjoy, to learn from, to study — and the fact that anybody would attempt to damage or remove a piece of public art that’s really there for the general public is appalling,” Merz concludes. “Whether it be in Eden Park or any of our parks or any parks around the country. It’s just unfortunate, and it’s unacceptable.”
Fonte / source:
— Tana Weingartner / Twt & 91.7 WVXU (17/06/2022).
Fonte / source, foto:
— CINCINNATI / ROME – The Cincinnati Enquirer (17/06/2022).
2). CINCINNATI / ROME – How did Mussolini get involved in a statue in Eden Park? The Cincinnati Enquirer (07/01/2020).
A statue in Eden Park given to Cincinnati by the city of Rome is the center of controversy.
Councilman Chris Seelbach tweeted a 2015 Enquirer article about the statue being a gift of dictator Benito Mussolini and wants it to be removed from the Cincinnati park.
Here’s the story behind the statue.
In 1931, the city of Cincinnati was presented with a statue replica of the “Capitoline Wolf” or “Lupa Romana,” a famous monument in Rome that depicts a she-wolf nursing twin brothers Romulus and Remus, who, according to mythology, founded Rome.
The replica statue was a gift in recognition of the fact that Cincinnati is the only American city named for a Roman hero.
Cincinnati was named for the Society of the Cincinnatus, a military society of Revolutionary War officers that in turn was named for Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman leader from the fifth century B.C. who relinquished his command to become a farmer.
So, how did Mussolini, the Italian dictator who was allied with Japan and Nazi Germany during World War II, get involved with giving Cincinnati a statue?
According to Enquirer articles at the time, the suggestion of a gift from the city of Rome was made in a letter by Dr. Louis Valerio, chairman of the convention committee in Cincinnati, and Louis Aielli of the Cincinnati Lodge of the Sons of Italy. The letter was forwarded to Premier Benito Mussolini, who approved of the idea and delegated the governor of Rome to make the arrangements.
“While the gift, therefore, comes directly from the City of Rome, the head of the Italian Government himself stimulated it,” The Enquirer reported.
Mayor Russell Wilson was also decorated with the Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
The gifts to the city and the mayor were intended to signify “the friendship between Italy and the United States and of the high esteem in which this city is held in the minds of those who live in Rome,” The Enquirer reported.
In a ceremony in Eden Park on Sept. 20, 1931, Count Cesare Buzzi-Gradenigo, the Italian Consul at Cleveland, presented the statue to the Order of the Sons of Italy, which then presented it to the city of Cincinnati as a memorial to the deeds of Italian Americans in Cincinnati and Ohio.
The statue that arrived in Cincinnati for the ceremony was the wrong one. A mistake had been made in New York, The Enquirer reported, and it was swapped for a larger version of the Capitoline Wolf that was unveiled in Eden Park on June 12, 1932.
Fonte / source:
— CINCINNATI / ROME – The Cincinnati Enquirer (07/01/2020).
3). RARA 2022 / ROMA – La Parola del Duce – Ecco come appariranno la superba visione die Fori Imperiali da Piazza Venezia e la nuova via dhe Vittoriano giugera al colosseo; in: Il GIORNALE D’ ITALIA (07/08/1931): 4.