Wednesday, 18 September 2019

1164) Giovanni Battista Belzoni

Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778 – 1823), sometimes known as The Great Belzoni. Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities.
He is known for his removal to England of the seven-tonne bust of Ramesses II, the clearing of sand from the entrance of the great temple at Abu Simbel, the discovery and documentation of the tomb of Seti I (still sometimes known as "Belzoni's Tomb"), and the first to penetrate into the second pyramid of Giza. He also identified the ruins of Berenice on the Red Sea.
George Lucas based his Indiana Jones on Belzoni

- "At 6'7" tall, the red-haired, red-bearded Italian served the circus for 12 years as a strong man."…

- "Alto 2,10 metri, dal portamento elegante, dai lineamenti regolari, con capelli rossi e occhi azzurri, fu un uomo dalla vita “fuori dagli schemi”.“ [At 6'7" tall, with elegant bearing and regular features, red-haired and blue-eyed, he was a man out of the ordinary.]…/notturni-arte-tutto-esaurito-pad…

- "... il suo passaporto, conservato al museo degli Eremitani a Padova, lo descrive con occhi blu, capelli rossi, naso regolare. [His passport, kept in the Museo degli Eremitani in Padua, describes him as blue-eyed, red-haired and wirh a regular nose.]
- "Un uomo alto oltre due metri, massiccio, coi capelli rossi..." [A man 2 metres high, burly, with red hair...]

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