Venzano Tomb, 1880

With your support we will be able to restore this magnificent sculpture in 2018.

  • The monument to Giuseppe Venzano

    The monument to Giuseppe Venzano

    A figure, representing industry, sits under the symbol of commerce and inscribes the dates of the deceased Giuseppe Venzano.
  • A detail of the Venzano monument

    A detail of the Venzano monument

    The virtuoso carving of the figure and her clothing, and the movement of her hair, brings this sculpture to life.
  • Venzano angel

    Venzano angel

    This angel holds a garland of leaves, fabricated in metal. The garland is damaged, and the fresco painting on the back wall is fading and flaking away.

This is Paolo Domenico Valle’s masterpiece, sculpted in 1880. In this memorial to Giuseppe Venzano a female figure, representing industry, writes of Venzano’s life and death on a black marble door. This is set in a granite doorway representing an Egyptian style tomb. A figure of a sorrowful youth kneels at the base, crying over the bitter loss. Overhead hovers an angel holding a garland of foliage.

The heavy layers of dirt form a black crust on the marble, holding in damaging moisture and putting the delicate surface of the fine carving at risk. The metal garland is damaged, and the fresco painting in the background is fading, flaking and peeling. A careful restoration is needed to preserve this wonderful and moving work of art.