Italian Cultural Institute lecture

Afims president Walter S. Arnold will present a free slide lecture about the sculpture of Staglieno Cemetery at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450. Apr. 25, 2017, 6 p.m.

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Genoa is not on the “grand tour”of Italy- everyone focuses on Rome, Florence and Venice. Very little attention is given to Genoa, and even less to a cemetery on the edge of town. Yet, this monumental cemetery, Staglieno, is the most extraordinary outdoor sculpture museum in Europe and one of its most hidden and unlikely treasures. Mark Twain, Hemingway and Evelyn Waugh wrote rave reviews of Staglieno, with good reason. If any of the thousands of magnificent 19th and 20th century Italian marble sculptures housed here were in a museum, it would be a centerpiece of the collection, but instead they remain almost unknown.