Posted by: virtualnothingness | August 3, 2007

15 moments at Staglieno

One of the places that I recommend for anyone visiting Genoa is the monumental Staglieno cemetery on the outskirts of the city. In the end of the 19th century, wealthy Genoans tried to take conspicuous consumption (my favourite sociologist Torstein Veblen introduced the term in his Theory of the Leisure Class) to new heights by building extravagant tombs for themselves.

The most beautiful part of the cemetery isn’t the big crypts, but the hundreds of sculptures, some of which are pictured below. You can easily spend half a day at the cemetery admiring the great symbolic sculptures. I did.

The Commonwealth War Graves, Staglieno

The Commonwealth War Graves at Staglieno. The grave of a Captain, whose father died at Gallipoli in 1915 was especially touching. The son shared his father’s fate in the next World War.

Staglieno sculptures

At some graves nature embraces the sculptures.

Staglieno sculptures

In the end of the 19th century extravagant burials fell out of fashion. The carnage of WWI put a definite end to the era of monumental burial monuments.

Staglieno sculpture

A common theme at Staglieno is the grieving widow by her husband’s tomb. The lace-work on the sculptures is amazing.

Staglieno sculptures

Time has made this marble angel look quite scary.

Staglieno sculptures

Another widow at her husband’s grave. Few graves had widowers griving at their spouses graves.

Staglieno sculptures

A thougthful angel.

Staglieno sculptures

An angel tells the widow her husband has gone to Heaven.

Staglieno sculptures

A grieving child at her father’s grave.

Staglieno sculptures

Kissing goodbye. This one is one of my favourites.

Staglieno sculptures

The mad look in his eyes and the general setting reminds me of works by the painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

Staglieno sculptures

This one feels a bit more modern, one notices how new influences have an impact.

Staglieno sculptures

Outside the picture an angel is giving the Grim Reaper a good bashing. A very satisfying motive.

Staglieno sculptures

Cherubs greeting a woman arriving to Heaven.

Staglieno sculptures

A Roman officer ready to kill you (well, there is no-one else around)?



  1. ¡Los trabajos mortuorios del cementerio de Genova son espectaculares y muy artísticos!

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