Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Mystery At Addorolata Cemetery, Malta

We visited Addorolata Cemetery several weeks ago and, after taking a class on funerary art at NSCADU last autumn, I was completely mesmerized by it. I know I've snagged a great guy when Mike doesn't complain, doesn't laugh, doesn't ask questions when I get in the art history zone (thank you). And man, was I in the zone.

The Addorolata Cemetery was established in the mid-nineteenth century when Victorian funerary art was, in my opinion, just getting interesting. I can't wait to get back to Addorolata and spend more time studying its contents. It is so densely packed with statues, gorgeous mausolea, and sarcophagi. I've never seen so much funerary art in one place. We went on a Saturday when many families were visiting gravesites, so I decided not to disturb them with my noisy shutter. But this place is truly a wonder, and I'll definitely be capturing more of it on film to share with you (I snapped the photos below in a deserted area).

In the meantime, a mystery for you to solve. Isn't she lovely? It's a shame she will always be anonymous, at least in name. Do you know who she is?

- Jess

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