14. Cell of Massari Zavaglia
by Giulio Monteverde
Having begun his career as a talented wood carver, Giulio Monteverde later became well-known as a sculptor of funerary and commemorative monuments, first in Genoa and later in Rome. The realistic-style Massari cell is one of his greatest works on the theme of the Angel of Death, and is considered to be one of the best artefacts present at the Ferrara Charterhouse. The central sarcophagus depicts the great philanthropist Count Galeazzo Massari in his deathbed, wrapped in a funerary shroud, with an angel kneeling over his head guarding the tomb.