The talking statues of Rome provided an outlet for a form of anonymous political expression in Rome. Criticisms (often of the Pope) in the form of poems or witticisms were posted on a number of well-known statues in Rome. It began in 1501, with the broken sculpture Pasqino, the first and most famous, and continues to the present day.



In addition to Pasquino and Marforio, the talking statues include: Madama Lucrezia, Abbot Luigi, Il Babuino, and Il Facchino. Taken from Wikipedia.




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