17. Zagatti Tomb

by Pietro Arcangeli
Arcangeli, an art nouveau sculptor from Pistoia specialising in funerary art, downplays the tragic nature of death in this composition from 1911. This all-round statue depicts young Mario Zagatti, who died at just 7 years of age, running happily through a field of flowers towards the open arms of an angelic figure, while smiling cherubs watch over him in the background. At the bottom, an owl (a premonitory symbol of death) embraces the entire scene with its wings stretching over to the edges of the frame, which features medallions depicting the deceased’s parents and grandparents.
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