Monument to Taras Shevchenko was erected in Florence

In Florence, near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, on the square near the Biblioteca delle Oblate, a monument to Taras Shevchenko appeared. The author of the monument is the famous sculptor Oleg Pinchuk.

Florence, March 9th, 2021. The grand opening of the monument to the Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko took place. This is reported by the mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klichko.

Today, on the birthday of the great Kobzar (207th birthday – ed.), A symbolic event took place. In Florence (Kiev’s sister city), we opened a monument to the outstanding Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.

Vitaliy Klichko, mayor of Kyiv

The mayor noted that cooperation on this monument in Italy lasted for several years. The joint efforts of Ukrainian artists, philanthropists, diplomats and politicians in the pantheon of Florentine sculptures by Michelangelo, Cellini, Donatello, Ghiberti and other famous artists, will now include a Ukrainian sculptural composition, the artistic qualities of which were appreciated by a special resolution to accept this work of art as a gift from the city of Kyiv.

The monument is erected in a square in the city center near the Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and in front of one of the city’s largest libraries, Biblioteca delle Oblate.

The sculpture is made of bronze. Its author is a famous sculptor from Drogobych Oleg Pinchuk. The “Kobzar” is depicted at a young age with manuscripts in hand.

Florence is a sister city of Kyiv. A few years ago, at the request of the Italian ambassador, a monument to the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, was erected in Kyiv. The monument to Taras Shevchenko was a gift in return to the Italian city.

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Photo: Irina Geraschenko

Now, on quiet Florentine nights, our Great Kobzar, as a young European humanist, will tell the famous Dante, Medici, Michelangelo’s David, Cellinus Perseus, Donatello’s Judith and many other new acquaintances about the glorious Ukrainian past, Cossack struggle and Cossack customs.