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The Legend of St. George

  This metal applique to a gravestone in the Montrose Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, depicts St. George, one of the most popular saints in the Eastern Orthodox Church, in glorious victory over the dragon. In this case, the dragon represents … Continue reading

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Tiffany and Company, Part II

Tiffany and Company is well known for design and exquisite workmanship. That same workmanship can be seen in the memorial vase commissioned for Fanny Short Butler (1864-1930) in the Cave Hill Cemetery at Louisville, Kentucky.  Delicately carved Easter lilies adorn … Continue reading

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Tiffany and Company

ELLEN MERRILL CUMMINGS JUNE 14 1842 – July 1 1924 EDMUND AUGUSTUS CUMMINGS NOV 29 1842 – Aug 23 1922   Started as a stationery and fancy goods store in New York City in 1837, Tiffany’s became known for creating … Continue reading

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She Weeps

This statue in the Bohemian National Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, is replete with rich symbolism. The mourning figure tenderly wipes her eye with the corner of the funeral pall in a sign of grief. She gently leans against a broken … Continue reading

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The Hand of God

N. G. LEWIS DIED DEC. 21, 1869 AGED 69 Y. 10 M. 7D. The rounded-top white marble gravestone of N. G. Lewis depicts the hand of God holding a broken chain. The broken link of chain represents a life that has ended. … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life in a Wagon Wheel

  In funerary art, tombstones took on the look of tree stumps during the rustic movement. The gravestones were purposefully designed to look like trees that had been cut and left in the cemetery to mark a grave. Most of … Continue reading

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Mario Korbel

Mario Joseph Korbel (March 22, 1882 – March 31, 1954) was a noted Czech-American sculptor who worked on several commissions for monuments that are found in cemeteries in Illinois and Iowa. Like many artists, including Daniel Chester French, Aldabert Volck, … Continue reading

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