Fornasari Monument, 1822

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The monument, commissioned by Giovanni Fornasari, is dedicated to his son Giacomo, a young university graduate who died prematurely in 1818 at the age of just 21 years.

The monument, designed by Vincenzo Vannini (1791-1873), consists of a simple pedestal topped by a stone with a cornice and an oval bead framing the headstone. The semi-circular bottom is decorated with a rich draping. In front of the stele are situated two poignant mourners, placed symmetrically on either side: the one on the left Weeping and the other on the right Veiled. The latter recalls a similar sculpture by Giacomo De Maria at the Caprara grave, Giovanni Putti (1771-1847) removing the formal synthesis desired by his colleague.
For the Weeping figure, on the other hand, Putti proposes a new iconography in contrast with similar previous subjects: no longer a figure completely wrapped in a heavy coat, but a young woman gently drying her tears with her veil, leaving uncovered her hair and forearms.

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