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Vietnam Memorial

When you mention the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, D.C., most people think of the Wall. There was a lot of controversy concerning that memorial, so let me state that while I’m not showing it here, it is not because I dislike it. The Wall is powerful. But I’ve always been drawn to more literal depictions of things, rather than abstracts, so I wanted to take a moment to look at a second portion of the memorial – the statues of the three solders that stand near the etched roll of names.

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Pair of angels from a tomb, about 1330-50, marble, workshop of Tino da Camaino (1)

Pair of angels from a tomb, about 1330-50, marble, workshop of Tino da Camaino (2)

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Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, about 1406-1410, alabaster, Claus de Werve, Netherlandish (1)

In further evidence that I can find funerary monuments anywhere, I took a number of photos of mourner statues at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This statue is from the tomb of Philip the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy. The statue is about 600 years old, dating to the first decade of the 15th century. And those of you who know my other passion for prayer beads, he’s also holding a set of prayer beads.

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, about 1406-1410, alabaster, Claus de Werve, Netherlandish (2)

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Other cemetery bloggers I read have noted the presence of five-pointed stars protruding from the foreheads of angel statues in cemeteries. I haven’t found as many as others have found, but these two examples are in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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Gaidaenko

I’m not sure that I have any words that could illuminate more than this sculpture and its placement. It was recently installed – it definitely was not there this time last year, and it absolutely took my breath away.

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