Not everyone knows the story of Tagus, the faithful four-legged friend of Tommaso De Buoi, found in the countryside.
After the absence for a long journey, the Marquis returns to his home in via Oberdan, and the dog, so happy to see him again, looks out the window to meet him, falling ruinously on the ground.
Out of gratitude for so much affection shown until his death, Tommaso De Buoi decided to commemorate him with a statue, carved by the Forlì artist Luigi Purchases in 1777 and positioned in front of the windowsill from which he had fallen.
It remained there for 200 years under the gaze of passers-by, but also of bad weather causing injuries.
After a careful restoration, Tagus is now visible to the public at the Municipal Art Collections of the Municipality of Bologna, at Palazzo d’Accursio.
(Photo: the Tagus statue positioned on the windowsill in via Oberdan for 200 years and now restored in the Palazzo d’Accursio)