Riding the wave

Sometimes, especially in the turbulent years preceding the national unity, the Italian ships had names "ideological", which should not be easy to express with a sculpture. Figureheads of some fanciful, made in Liguria, the designs were probably required by the designers of the ship owners. It 'also the case with the sketch of figurehead depicting a snake devouring a woman. Watercolor on paper, circa 1870.

(Genova, Museo Civico Navale )