The lack of statues celebrating the great men and women in Venice struck me as I realised that there is only one such statue for the entire period of the Venetian Republic. Consequently I drew up a list of such statues in Venice.
There are of course other statues, but they’re not dedicated to named individuals, or they’re not in public spaces.
The Kingdom of Italy (1800s)
- Daniele Manin (1868) in Campo Manin (San Marco)
— Leader of the Venetian insurrection in 1848-49 against the Austrians (1804-57).
- Nicolò Tommaseo (1882) in Campo Santo Stefano (San Marco)
— Linguist, writer and politician (1802-74).
- Carlo Goldoni (1883) in Campo San Bartolomeo (San Marco)
— Venetian playwright, librettist and lawyer (1707-93).
- Vittorio Emanuele II (1887) in Riva degli Schiavoni (Castello)
— first king of the united Kingdom of Italy (1820-78)
- Giuseppe Garibaldi (1887) in Viale Garibaldi (Castello)
— Italian patriot, general and a central figure of the Risorgimento (1807-82).
- Paolo Sarpi (1892) in Campo Santa Fosca (Cannaregio)
— Venetian theologist and historian (1552-1623).
In the Giardini Pubblici (1900s)
- Riccardo Selvatico (1903)
— Venetian writer, poet and politician (1849-1901)
- Francesco Querini (1905)
— Italian explorer, descendant of the Venetian aristocratic family (1867-1900)
- Richard Wagner (1908)
— German composer, director and poet (1813-83)
- Giuseppe Verdi (1909)
— Italian composer and politician (1813-1901)
- Giosuè Carducci (1910)
— Italian poet, writer and critic (1835-1907)
- Gustavo Modena (1910)
— Italian actor (1803-1861)
- Guglielmo Oberdan (1921)
— Italian irredentist from Trieste, executed by the Austrian-Hungarian empire (1858-82).
- Pier Luigi Penzo (1932)
— Venetian and Italian aviator and WWI hero (1896-1928)
- Giorgio Emo di Capodilista (1960)
— Italian general and politician, descendent of the Venetian Emo family (1864-1940)