My contribution to the Hugo birthday spam is one of my favorite statues of him - if only for the comedy value. It’s located in the Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome and, for reasons unknown to me, features VH brooding over a lion.
Some casual poking around indicates that the statue was a ‘gift’ from France in 1905, responding to the fact that the Germans had already managed to erect a monument to Goethe in the park. The inscription on the pedestal quotes a speech that VH gave about Garibaldi. The lyre allegedly is a symbol of his genius. Still don’t know what the lion means.