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the Bonissima of Modena

Nov 25, 2014 4:03:55 PM Posted By admin admins

The Bonissima of Modena is a statue set in the town hall. The derivation of its name is probably attributable to the fact that the statue was to be the symbol of honesty in business, so that originally the woman depicted was holding a pair of scales and the base were engraved different units. The present Town Hall was originally called the office of the "Bona Estima" whose name was later transformed into Bonissima. Today in the city of Modena, the name of Bonissima indicates a curious person, who wants to be a part of everything that happens around her, just like the statue from above has a prime location on the city.


History of the statue


The statue of Bonissima of Modena is made up of two parts: the head made of greek marble and crystalline limestone body. The author of Bonissima of Modena would be unknown, but according to some historians authorship of the work would be attributed to the Master of the metopes of Modena Cathedral, judging by the type of clothing she wears.


Legends on the statue


The statuette of Bonissima of Modena was erected in the second half of the thirteenth century and is a woman, but it is unknown who it is. According to tradition, this statue represents a woman of noble lineage named Gundeberga that during a period of famine, was a great help for the people of Modena, asking for help to other nobles of the city. Legend has it that once the famine, the lady would have celebrated in his palace with all citizens, excluding those which had not given support. This view is reinforced by the identification of a bag between the clothes of the statue. Others say the statue is a fruit seller and still others believe that the woman depicted is Matilda of Canossa holding a pomegranate.

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