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The Angel of Night 
by Giulio Monteverde

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The 'Angel of Night' by Giulio Monteverde

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Giulio Monteverde (1837-1917) was an Italian sculptor who was fascinated with creatures that led us and guarded us in the afterlife. His youthful 'Angel of Night' in the Campo Verona cemetery in Rome, leans over with folded wings, draping over the scene. The androgynous angel has a human quality of resignation and mild despair to the gestures.
 
With beautiful features, and face perched in the sublime, perfectly formed hand as the eyes lift slightly to the sky, perhaps contemplating the deep meaning of the reason for existence, and the fleeting moments of life against the backdrop of the eternal.