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Karen Havenaar

Brielle, Netherlands

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Artist's Description

A statue at the beautiful cemetery Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno di Genova.

A bit of information about this statue:

This monument was commissioned by Virginia Aprile, the widow of Raffaele Pienovi. Only an inscription commemorates the social role of the deceased, a merchant of “prosperous and celebrated virtue”. The widow wished her husband to be remembered in a private, domestic dimension: and indeed the sculptured group, arranged over the sarcophagus, shows the wife bent over her husband’s death bed, as she lifts the sheet to look at him for a last time. Villa’s realistic language, his search for details – evident in this case both in the clothing and in the setting of a bourgeois interior – is exalted here by the highly dramatic composition of the scene, which places the observer squarely in front of the tragic mystery of death, without any symbolic mediation or consolatory message. Indeed, during the 1870s and 1880s, representations of the deceased on the deathbed, less and less filtered by the classical repertoire of the forms of “rest” or “sleep”, progressively take on the concrete meaning of the “presence of death for itself”.

Taken with:

Pentax K-7
Tamron SP AF 90 mm f/2.8 DI Macro 1:1
ISO 400 f/3.5 1/125 sec

Artwork Comments

  • Forget-me-not
  • Malcolm Heberle
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