The Statue of Liberty comes from the Basilica of Santa Croce.
The Statue of Liberty comes from the Basilica of Santa Croce.

If you enter in the Basilica of Santa Croce, you probably wonder what the Statue of Liberty is doing there.

Like any tourist, you might think that the artist Pio Fedi has copied the most famous colleague Auguste Bartholdi.
A very big plagiarism !!! But no. It's exactly the opposite.
The Statue of Liberty in Florence was inaugurated in 1883, the Lady Liberty in New York in 1886. When Pio Fedi began the plan in 1870, Bartholdi was in Italy to fight with Garibaldi during the Franco-Prussian War.
It's unthinkable he has not seen the plans or the sketch of Pio Fedi !
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