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The Opening of the Suez Canal
Il taglio dell'Istmo di Suez
Revoltella Civic Museum
Civico Museo Revoltella
Pietro Magni (1817, Milano-1877, Milano)
The artist Pietro Magni studied at the Academy of Brera, travelled to Rome in 1849 and battled for the Roman Republic. His first artwork mentioned in the author’s biography is The first steps, known though the photographs on display at the International Exhibition in London in 1862. In 1863 the businessman Pietro Revoltella commissioned to the artist a marble group showing the Opening of the Suez Canal, now in the Revoltella Museum in Trieste. It shows how important the project of the Suez channel was for the commissioner, confident that the new opening toward the East would offer economic advantages to his city. Unfortunately he died two months before seeing the Suez chanal completed. The sculpture shows a classical allegory with Europe uniting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, behind them the genious of commerce with winged feet indicating the chanel the unifies Europe and Asia.
Marina Minozzi "The Opening of the Suez Canal" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;it;169;en;N
Prepared by: Marina Minozzi
MWNF Working Number: IT2 027
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Sharing History Exhibition(s)Great Inventions Of The 19th Century | Transportation | Waterways
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