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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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I’m not sure that this photo really does this stone justice.  The artwork is crisp and beautifully rendered, but in the unseasonably warm and sunny weather last weekend, the thing that stopped me in my tracks was the sparkle.  The gold on the stone is not just a flatly applied color, but is textured, so that it catches the light and makes the stone glow.

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Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace


Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born


Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


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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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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for old tombstones. There are a number of modern cemetery conventions that I’m not fond of, like the memorial gardens with only flat markers. But sometimes current technology produces amazing works of art.


I can’t get over the beauty of the angel etched into this stone. She’s strikingly realistic – possibly based on the woman below. The little gold stars placed strategically on the stone are perfect.

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Clark (2)

I don’t have anything particularly unique or insightful to say about this monument, except that I found it to be very beautiful. I particularly liked the fact that the cemetery greenery has curled around the wreath on the sculpture.


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Stickle (2)

For those of you who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! For everyone, enjoy the quiet of the day.

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William T Becker

On the list of things that I never noticed the first time around are trumpets being held by angel statues. Trumpets are a pretty necessary accessory for a Christian angel – they were supposedly heard on the night that Christ was born and will be heard again on Judgment Day to call the souls to resurrection. Trumpets are a more general symbol of victory and resurrection as well.



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The bibliophile in me loves cemetery statues holding books. As I’ve described before, the book as a funerary symbol can represent the Bible or the Book of Life. The above statue tops the Ely monument in Lake View Cemetery. Below are more examples from Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.



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