Photographer's Note

Villino Ximenes in Piazza Galeno


Ettore Ximenes (1855-1925) was a sculptor known for his monuments celebrating national heroes (Garibaldi in Milan, General Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Giovanni da Verrazzano in New York, czar Alexander II in Kiev). With the money he earned he built a house which shows his predilection for the use of symbols to represent ideas (hopefully he did not fully rely on the viewer's smartness and he added a few sentences which provide some help). The four cocks on the top of the little tower are an incitement to not waste time because Ruit Hora (time runs away).
The large frieze shows a complex scene: the various generations pay tribute to the altar of the arts (Ara Artium): the primitive man on his knees is followed by an Egyptian, then by an Assyrian and behind him Greeks, Romans, etc...

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