Farinata led the anti-papacy forces in Florence in 1239. After the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, he was exiled and left for Siena with his followers. In 1260 he captured Florence. His allies in Siena sought to raze the entire city, but Farinata stood against them, proclaiming himself to be “a Florentine first and a Ghibelline second.”
Farinata died in 1265. In 1283, his body was exhumed as a posthumous execution and burned as a heretic. He is mentioned in Dante’s Inferno and in C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Proposes a Toast.
This statue is along the Arno river between the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio.
Once again, I extracted the image from the background, replacing it with the solid black.