Monument to Paganini
16 Jul 2023 -
On October 27, 2013, the anniversary of Paganini’s birth, the monument in the San Biagio area, created by sculptor Franco Repetto, was inaugurated.
Niccolò Paganini spent long periods at a small house, belonging to his family, in San Biagio, in the Polcevera Valley, above Bolzaneto. It’s assumed that part of the creation of the Caprices could have occurred in this retirement, where Paganini found focus to dedicate himself to studying and composing. After the death of the violinist the house went, with the whole inheritance, to the son Achille; during the 20th century it changed ownership, however, the structure is remained the same to date.
The Friends of Paganini, in collaboration with the Municipality of Val Polcevera and with the financial help of a private individual, placed a monument nearby the house, which is accessible only via a track, about a hundred meters long, inaugurated on 27 October 2013, the birthday of Paganini.
The author of the monument is the sculptor, Franco Repetto, and it consist of a bronze bust and a slate and white marble base. The statue has been smelt at the Fonderia d’Arte Massimo Del Chiaro (Art Smeltery Massimo Del Chiaro) and was created at the laboratory of the marble worker Alessandro Giorgi.
At the base there’s a violin shaped slit: looking across it the house can be seen, which Paganini called affectionately “il casino di campagna” (the little country house).