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Day 1 : in the banner / Art inspiration : Angel from Genoa cemetery

Armand Appreciation Week 2010

AAW 2010 - the banner

A picture of this angel has haunted me for years before I casually found other pictures of it on Facebook, and was finally able to identify where it was from.

This angel ornates the Oneto tomb in the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, located on a hillside in Genoa, Italy.


AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy
AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy


Those specific pictures above were taken by Martin Vegas.

The one below on the left is by Carlo Natale. I don't know about the other two.

AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy AAW 2010 - Angel on Oneto tomb at Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy



The tomb was carved in 1882 by sculptor Giulio Monteverde (Bistagno 1837- Rome 1917).
"This tomb was commissioned by Francesco Oneto, a rich merchant and President of the "Banca Generale". The angel, holding the trumpet of the Universal Judgment with its right hand, offers no consolatory gesture, but seems distant and imperturbable. The sensuality of this statue deeply shocked the contemporaries but enijoyed a greet success as well: it was replicated countless times, both by the artist himself and by his imitators; it can be found in various versions in many cemiteries in Italy, France, Germany, England and in North and South America."

It's actually supposed to be a female angel, but it's only apparent in full length shots... I always thought it was a young lad, and will keep thinking of it as such.
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