Volontario Garibaldino, 1859
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Sculpture: Eduard Pérez
Painting: Jaume Ortiz
Number of parts of the kit: 7
Scale: 54 mm
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BUYING THIS FIGURE:
– The characteristic sculpting style of Eduard Pérez perfectly captures the feel of the early XX century and the Risorgimento in this new 54 mm figure that will be a nice addition for collectors.
– This figure carries an interesting combination of garments and equipment that makes it very interesting to explore the painting of different textures and materials.
– Our signature resin quality allows you to get the figure clean and ready in almost no time, so you may invest your precious free time in what really matters: painting and having fun.
The Italian Unification, also known as the Risorgimento, was the political and social movement that led to the formation of the Kingdom of Italy as a consolidation of the different existing states in the Italian peninsula into a single state with capital in Rome.
This was a slow gradual process that spanned several decades from the mid-XIX century and it only truly ended in 1919, after the annexation of the last small disputed parts in Northern Italy that belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when it was defeated in the First World War.
The single most iconic personality of this historical episode is Giuseppe Garibaldi, a great patriot and revolutionary of the XIX century. He was involved not only in the Italian Unification
Wars, but also in some other conflicts like the Franco-Prussian War, and was an inspiration for many independence and nationalistic movements of the era.
One of the most iconic features about Garibaldi is the “Redshirts” volunteers, which followed him on his military campaigns.
This force originated as the Italian Legion supporting the Colorado Party during the Uruguayan Civil War. It is said that Garibaldi’s volunteers used that uniform because they were given red shirts destined for slaughterhouse workers.
Later, during the wars of Italian Unification, the Redshirts won several battles against the armies of the Austrian Empire, the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, and the Papal States. Most notably, Garibaldi led his Redshirts in the Expedition of the Thousand of 1860, which concluded with the annexation of Sicily, Southern Italy, Marche, and Umbria to the Kingdom of Sardinia, which led to the creation of the newly-unified Kingdom of Italy.
Our figure portrays one of those idealistic soldiers, dressed in a simple and yet emblematic uniform.