A revisited legacy: Leonida Bissolati and the origins of the Ala Ponzone Institute in Cremona (1882-85)
- school history; professional and artistic education in Italy, 19th century; Ala Ponzone Institute in Cremona; Leonida Bissolati; Giuseppe Sigismondo Ala Ponzone
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The essay reconstructs the founding projects of the Ala Ponzone Institute in Cremona, imagined by the Marquis Giuseppe Sigismondo Ala Ponzone as a school of sculpture and, on the contrary, inaugurated more than forty years after his death as a school for ornamental and mechanical art, in response to the changed needs of the time. The story, which initially had as protagonist the young Leonida Bissolati, municipal councillor for education in the Lombard town, is an interesting case of transformation of the sense of a philanthropic tradition linked to the local élites, under the influence of the then emerging democratic issues.