Guidarello Guidarelli (Ravenna, circa 1450-60 - Imola, 6th-7th March 1501) was a condottiero (mercenary warlord) at the service of Cesare Borgia (the famous and evil son of Pope Alexander VI and brother of Lucrezia, well-known for her role of “femme fatale” and poisoner): btw, much of her vilenesses were made up after her death, while Cesare was actually a real villain.
Anyway, the poor Guidarello was killed in a duel or murdered for trivial matters. He should’ve never believed that his celebrity would be due only to his tombstone, that dates back to few years after his death, whose author might be Tullio Lombardo in 1525 or, much more probably, a 1800s copy of the original one.
The tombstone, originally placed in St. Francis’s Church in Ravenna, is now displayed in the Accademia di Belle Arti in the same city.
The legend says that any girl that kisses the statue’s face would get married within a year or, if already married, would be pregnant within the same period.
P.S. Be careful. Before some dummies are going to rush to Ravenna asap (if there’s any girl that still believes that marrying and having babies are the most important values in life), watch out: the statue is now protected by a crystal case!
And what about guys? The legend doesn’t say a word about them. Depending on your wishes, you can kiss Guidarello’s statue or that one in Lucca, representing Ilaria del Carretto (wait for my tomorrow post). In any case, I hope it’s clear: this legend is only a mega bullshit.