Statue on a hexagonal base, all in Italian Carrara marble. The statue shows Columbus facing east along Eastern Avenue into the rising sun, the direction from which the explorer's vessels arrived in 1492. In his left hand he holds a rolled map, his right hand rests on a globe.
On the base appear six bas reliefs showing
- THE SANTA MARIA
- THE NINA
- THE PINTA
- GENOA, ITALY, | BIRTHPLACE OF COLUMBUS | 1452.
- MEETING WITH THE INDIANS, | OCTOBER 12, 1492
- THE LANDING IN AMERICA, | OCTOBER 12, 1492
and the inscription:
DISCOVERER OF AMERICA
OCTOBER 12 1492
DEDICATED TO THE
CITY OF BALTIMORE
AND THE ITALIAN
IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA
OCTOBER 12 1984
WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER
MAYOR OF BALTIMORE
The monument, dedicated on October 8, 1984 by then Mayor of Baltimore William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan, is a result of a city-wide fundraising campaign by the Italian American Organizations United of Maryland under the leadership of Anthony Piccinini. For detail photos of the reliefs and the inscription, see Bill Swartwout's web page.
- If you know the artist, please let us know.
Sources & Information
- Bill Swartwout, Christopher Columbus Monument.
- Christopher P. George, Three Centuries of City Monuments Honor Columbus, no longer on-line.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information system).
Location N 39°17'7" W 76°36'13"
Item Code: usmd01;
Added: 11 October 2000
/ Photograph: 11 October 2000
© Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt