Today, on December 14, a monument to the great Russian writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, who lived in this city in August 1862 and from December 1868 to August 1869, was unveiled in Florence. There, the writer finished one of his most famous novels, The Idiot.
The monument appeared in the historical Cascine Park (Parco Delle Cascine). The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian Embassy in Italy, Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella, Governor of Tuscany Eugenio Giani, as well as Adviser to the President of Russia on Cultural Issues, great-grandson of writer Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Tolstoy.
The author of the bronze monument was the Russian sculptor, academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Aydin Zeynalov. The writer is depicted in full height with his arms crossed on his chest, in one of which he holds “The Idiot” and broken shackles lie at his feet. The height of the monument together with the pedestal is more than 3 metres.
According to TASS, in 2021, Italy hosts a series of events: exhibitions, presentations, literary readings, film screenings dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Dostoevsky’s birth. However, as noted by Nardella, a significant event is connected not only with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dostoevsky, which is celebrated in 2021. It is also “a way to further strengthen Florence’s relations with Russia.”