Photographer's Note

Taken at the very end of blue hour. I have added fill light and used dust and scratches removal for the very grainy sky.

Firstly, the name of this square in Lecce is Piazzetta Raimondello Orsini. Orsini was the Count of Lecce from 1401–06 AD.

The statue is of Bartolomeo Fanfulla who was a famous soldier in the 16th century. (1477 AD to 1525 AD). 'Fanfulla' roughly translates as warrior. He fought against Pisa & France, supporting Spain, Florence and the Republic, back when Italy was a loose collection of city states and not a nation as such. It seems odd today for Florence to be warring against Pisa.

Lastly, the sculptor is Antonio Bortone (1847-1938 AD) who was born in Ruffano near Lecce and designed many important Baroque statues in both Florence & Lecce. "Among his works are Gladiator, Hippocrates, Moliere, Religious Charity; and il Fanfulla, (which won awards at the 1887 Exhibition of Paris del 1887. For the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore, he sculpted two statues: San Giacomo Minore and San Antonino; and two medallions: Giotto and Michelangelo. He also completed the monument to marchese Gino Capponi for Santa Croce in Florence (won the commission by competition); Bust of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy at the National Parliament; bust of Gino Capponi for a hall of the city Hall of Florence; and a bust of the illustrator of Dante's works, Giambattista Giuliani."

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