A bronze statue of a scantily clad beauty from a 19th century poem was unveiled in Italy over the weekend, sparking a feminist furor.
Former Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Conte and other notables attended the ceremony Saturday in the southern Campania region.
- The statue, inspired by Luigi Mercantini’s 1857 poem “La Spigolatrice di Sapri,” depicts the woman in a revealing diaphanous dress — which some activists in Italy and elsewhere deemed misogynistic.
Has anyone ever explained how seeing scantily clad women is "sexist" if they're attractive but "empowering" if they're not? https://t.co/vnyx5ug8lF
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) September 27, 2021
The sculptor, Emanuele Stifano, defended his work, writing on Facebook that if it had been up to him the statue would have been “completely naked … simply because I am a lover of the human body”.
- He said it was “useless” to try to explain artwork to those “who absolutely only want to see depravity.”