No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.  
     -   Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini

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Monumental Cemetery in Milan Italy

Shortly after the Italian independence in 1861 the idea was launched to consolidate the many small cemeteries in Milan, resulting in the creation of two large cemeteries: the Cimitero Monumentale for the wealthy and the Cimitero Maggiore for the ‘common’ people.

Mausoleums in the Cimitero Monumentale, Milan
Mausoleums at the
Cimitero Monumentale

Between 1863 and 1866 the Cimitero Monumentale was laid out by Carlo Maciachini on a 18 hectare large domain, later expanded to 25 hectare (62 acres).
A wide central lane lined with trees leads from the Famedio (hall of fame) along the Ossario (ossuary) to the Crematorio (crematory) at the other end. To the left and right are monumental tombs, often designed by famous sculptors and architects. The names on the tombs read like a who is who of Milan, with illustrious names such as Pirelli, Campari and Toscanini.
Two small areas to the left and right of the Famedio are reserved for non-Catholics and Jewish.

Well worth a visit for both for its historic and artistic value. The prodigal richness of the chapels and funeral monuments makes the cemetery an extravagant “open-air museum of contemporary Italian statuary and architecture” (Mezzanotte)

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