Sculptures of Staglieno Cemetery - Genoa

Staglieno Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe, and is a masterpiece of funerary sculpture. It was founded in 1851 and is located in Genoa, Italy. The sculptures are well worth the visit.

The movement of the grieving figures and the individuality they manage to convey is impressive. The majority of the figures are done in marble, with a few bronzes. The attention to detail is incredible. You can see the texture of the fabrics, the lace, coins and even effectively rendered eyelashes.

The cemetery is not a big tourist attraction, and is free to view. When I was there mid June I saw at most 10 other people. It is not kept up, as you can see in the photos the sculptures have years worth of dust built up which adds an intriguing inverse highlight to the form.

Here are some photos of the sculptures: