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Cristoforo Colombo Discoverer of America, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Baldi, Lorenzo  Search this
Baum, Dwight James  Search this
Columbus, Christopher  Search this
Sculpture: bronze, gilded; Base: pink granite; Basin: cobblestone and cast stone
Indian  Search this
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation 412 Spencer Street Syracuse New York 13204
Located Columbus Circle East Jefferson, East Onondaga & Montgomery Streets Syracuse New York
Formerly located St. Mary's Circle East Jefferson, East Onondaga & Montgomery Streets Syracuse New York
Dedicated Oct. 12, 1934
Onondaga County Public Library, 1988.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, New York survey, 1993.
Ted Bartlett, Crawford & Stearns: Architects and Preservation Planners, 1999.
Image on file.
Onondaga County Public Library..., "Public Art in Syracuse and Onondaga County," 1985, pg.3.
(On eastern side:) RENZO V. BALDI/ERECTED BY THE /CITIZENS OF ITALIAN ORIGIN/OF ONONDAGA COUNTY/1792-1932/COLVMBVS LANDING AT/SAN SALVADOR/OCTOBER 12TH 1492 (On northwest corner of bronze sculpture's base: artist's signature and foundry mark) signed Founder's mark appears.
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
A portrait of Christopher Columbus, standing, wearing a hat and long robes and holding a scroll in his proper left hand. The sculpture is installed atop a tall shaft that is adorned around the top with bronze heads of Native Americans, set in fountain basin. At the foot of the shaft are four relief plaques that illustrate: Columbus before the King and Queen of Spain; the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria; Columbus landing; and Columbus with the Native Americans. Below the reliefs are two small gargoyles and two small fish heads that spout water in shell basins that are each supported by two bronze turtles. Water flows over the shell basins into a large circular fountain basin.
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Other--Explorer  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Scroll  Search this
History--United States--Discovery of U.S  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Santa Maria  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Pinta  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Nina  Search this
Control number:
IAS 73950001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums