Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II--page 2 (of two pages)

Giuseppe Mengoni
1861 designed; 1865-77

The 164 foot octagonal dome

The concourse (see below) and the pendentives of the dome represent allegorical subjects, according to some sources the union of church and state as a result of the nationalist revolution of 1848. Other sources say the mosaics represent Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States.

Two of the allegorical works on the pendentives

If you can identify the subjects, please send me an email below.

Details of masonry, sculpture and decorative wrought iron


Floor mosaics in the concourse

Thanks so much to Stefano Ceccarini, Livorno, Italy (student of Engineering at Pisa's University) and Regina Seiler for identifying the subjects of the floor mosaics for me. Here in the center the coat of arms stands for the Italian royal family at the time the Galleria was built--the house of Savoy.

Floor mosaics representing Turin (the bull) and Rome (the she-wolf and Romulus and Remus)


Floor mosaics representing Florence (the lily) and Milan (a red cross on a white background)

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