- Art & Culture
Monument to the silk weaver
On the lakefront of Menaggio stands the monument dedicated to the women silk weavers. It was made in 1990 by the sculptor Francesco Somaini and commissioned by the Mantero family who, on the banks of the local Sanagra river, had one of their oldest and most prestigious silk mills.
The monument dedicated to the "Tessitrice", that the sculptor has created, interpretates the operability and hard work of the silk weaver. The 10 meters high stele, in white Carrara marble, stands out on the lakefront of Menaggio. In the stone, at the top, you can see the shape of a weaver at work on a vertical frame, while below there is a succession of draping drafts to the ground. The same motif is taken up again, by the drapery in bronze wrapping the stele, creating an intense plastic effect.