(Note: Statue in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, which is the largest cemetery within the city limits of Paris. This is also the burial place of author and wit, Oscar Wilde. Photograph taken and posted Jan. 1, 2010. by Sir Willy on Flickr. — Shades and Shadows)
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A “weeper” was a statue that was meant to mourn eternally at the grave of a loved one.
(Note: This statue is at a grave in Verano Monumental Cemetery near Rome, Italy.
Work on the cemetery and its numerous statues began in 1811 and new work began in 1859 based on a plan by Virginio Vespignani. Major Roman and Italian architects and sculptors are represented here.
Vespignani, 1802-1882, was a major Italian architect who served as a papal architect and who designed gateways and building facades in and around Rome. — Shades and Shadows)
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Megalithic Grave in Winter, 1825, oil on canvas by Johan Christian Dahl, Norweigan, 1788-1857.
Dahl was the first great romantic painter of Norway and the founder of the Golden Age of Norwegian painting. He was also a teacher of Ernst Ferdinand Oehme and this painting is in the Museum der Bildenden Kunste in Leipzig, Germany.
A megalithic tomb is constructed of large stones without mortar or cement. They are found in many places in Europe most notably in Britain, Ireland, France and Germany.
Cemetery on Mount Oybin, 1828, by Gustav Carus, 1789-1869. Carus was a Dresden, Germany, painter and a decisive influence on German Romantic painting.
Worn cemetery sculpture at Bunhill Fields Burial Grounds in London, England.
Staglieno Cemetery of Genoa, Italy, is visited not so much because it is a resting place for the dead, but because of its exquisite sculptures. Mark Twain and Friedrich Nietzsche were said to have been fascinated by the beautiful work it held.
Memento Mori. Tomb in the northern cemetery of Wiesbaden, Germany.
(Note: Very moving and thought-provoking “Kiss of Death” cemetery sculpture can be found in the Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain. Posted on www.blog.travelpod.com/5ehgirls. — Shades and Shadows)