[Foto] Andrea Doria e l’orco che spaventò Osbert Sitwell (negli anni Dieci)
Pygmalion and Don Juan are not the only persons to have been startled by a statue. One day, in a fourth-storey room in a hotel at Genoa, the author, already only half conscious after the utilitarian agony of unpacking, turned round towards the window and there beheld–its eyes gazing blankly in, its enormous features seemingly almost flattened by being pressed against the upper panes–a marble head as big as a small cottage. This pantomime ogre was no less a person, as he afterwards found out, than the famous Doria Admiral, here disguised as Neptune, naked and with a trident as his only attribute, but so much larger than life that with his feet firmly planted on the ground, he could easily soar up for four or five storeys.
Osbert Sitwell, “On statues in general”, in Pound Wise, Hutchinson, London 1963