“Gennarino, O ‘Scugnizzo di Capri”
There’s a bronze statue basking in the sun of a young boy waving. The sculpture is a greeting to those coming to the island of Capri welcoming seafarers but also waving them off – saying goodbye as they set off for their voyages.
One account of the young scugnizzo, which is a Napoleonic word for street urchin is that he is particularly waving to women to entice them to shore. But despite my best efforts to in researching this sculpture, I was unable to ascertain who the creator is.
If you are fortunate enough to be near Capri and floating around the Adriatic look for the statue, known to be a lucky charm to travellers, wave back and yell ‘Ciao Gennarino!’ .
This is my post for Sculpture Saturday.