23. Tomb of Lilia Magnoni Monti

by Vincenzo Consani
The monument depicts the three mourning sons of Lilia Magnoni Monti placing flowers on their mother’s tomb. A female figure is portrayed flying into the sky above, an allegory of the soul of the deceased. Two hands holding one another are carved at the centre of the tympanum, enclosed within a floral garland, symbolising both conjugal love and the final farewell. The sculpture is the work of Vincenzo Consani, who patrons even included Queen Victoria of England. Lilia Magnoni Monti herself is depicted in a famous painting by Giovanni Boldini.
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