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Sector A - Porticato inferiore (quadrilatero storico)

Mappa settore A

 

The cemetery’s primal part, which had been planned around 1835 by Carlo Barabino, was completed during the 1840s by Giovanni Battista Resasco, who stressed its monumental nature by realizing a quadrilateral portico which is divided in four parts by two perpendicular avenues; at their exact intersection there is the statue of the Faith, which has been made by the sculptor Santo Varni.

 

The monuments, which were placed here in 1851, when the Cemetery of Staglieno was opened for the first time to the public, witness the ideals of a rising society, encouraged both by the scientific and technological progress, whose certainties would have fallen into crisis only towards the end of the 19th century.

 

Even if the sculptures haven’t been placed in a chronological order, many of them, which are in the northern part of the “Porticato a Ponente” (western portico) and have been inspired mainly by the Neoclassicism, sometimes show an interest in nature and in a more romantic representation of feelings. However, the most frequent style in the quadrilateral is the Bourgeois Realism, which was at its height in the 1870s and 1880s, thanks to its very detailed and virtuosic descriptions of the personalities, the costumes and some elements of the social status, so making the cemetery of Staglieno world famous. In the Eastern Portico, some fluid and sensual figures bear witness of the success of the Symbolism and of the Art Nouveau at the beginning of the 20th century.

 

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