Verdi Monument

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Dedicated to the famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, this monument was a gift to the City of San Francisco from its Italian Community. The group was spearheaded by Ettore Patrizzi owner and publisher of San Francisco’s Italian newspaper L’Italia (published form 1887 to 1943).

The commissioned artist was decided through a contest held at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. The allegorical figures at the base of the monument represent the four muses; Love, Tragedy, Joy and Sorrow -- the fundamental elements thought to have inspired most great artists.

The monument was restored in 2003 and a new dedicated plaque was added. The bronze bust of Verdi was regilded, along with an inscription on the rear face of the granite pedestal.

Fun Fact! The famed Italian soprano singer Luisa Tetrazzini, sang the aria from Verdi's opera Aida to an audience of more than 20,000 at the monument's dedication.

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On the left of the right-hand entrance to the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

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