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Madama Lucrezia (Romanesco: Madama Lugrezzia) is one of the five "talking statues" of Rome. Pasquinades — irreverent satires poking fun at public figures — were posted beside each of the statues from the 16th century onwards, written as if spoken by the statue, largely in answer to the verses posted at the sculpture called "Pasquino" Madama Lucrezia was the only female "talking statue", and was the subject of competing verses by Pasquin and Marforio.

Madama Lucrezia
Romanesco: Madama Lugrezzia
Madama Lucrezia a piazza san marco.JPG
TypeTalking statues of Rome
SubjectProbably Isis or one of her priestesses
Named for Lucrezia d'Alagno, who once owned the statue
LocationPiazza di San Marco
Coordinates41°53′45″N 12°28′54″E / 41.89583°N 12.48167°E / 41.89583; 12.48167Coordinates: 41°53′45″N 12°28′54″E / 41.89583°N 12.48167°E / 41.89583; 12.48167

Madama Lucrezia is a colossal Roman bust, about 3 metres high, sited on a plinth in the corner of a piazza between the Palazzo Venezia and the basilica of St. Mark. The statue is badly disfigured, and the original subject cannot be identified with certainty, but may represent the Egyptian goddess Isis (or of a priestess of Isis), or perhaps a portrait of the Roman empress Faustina. The bust was given to Lucrezia d'Alagno, the lover of Alfonso d'Aragona, King of Naples; she moved to Rome after Alfonso's death in 1458.

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  • C. Rendina, ”Pasquino statua parlante”, in Roma ieri, oggi, domani, n. 20, February 1990.

Further bibliography is at Pasquino.

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