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Discovering the discoverer.

This statue (see complementary photo) represents Giovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485-1528) an Italian explorer and navigator. It was made in 1909 by the sculptor Ettore Ximenes (1855–1926).

Verrazzano, the son of a noble family, was born at the Castello Verrazzano in Greve near Florence, Italy. In his early 20s he moved to Dieppe to start a maritime career, and sailed on behalf of the French monarchy. In 1523, with the support of the French king Francois I, as well as Florentine bankers, Verrazzano set sail on the ship Dauphine in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean and the Far East.

On this voyage, Verrazzano explored the coast line now comprising the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada, and, in 1524, became the first European known to have entered New York Bay.

Statue details
Location: North entrance pathway of Battery Park
Description: Elevated male half figure and standing female figure (both heroic scale) on pedestal consisting of two perpendicular slabs
Materials: Bronze, Deer Isle granite
Dimensions: h 27' x w 11'6" x d 11'6"
Dedicated: October 6, 1909
Foundry: Roman Bronze Works
Donor: Charles Barsotti organized public subscription; work donated by artist.

Was funny to the how amazed was the boy looking this huge statue. I include this photo in my theme of kids discovering the world like the pas explorers discovered the world.

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