A deeper shade of sadness

Zentralfriedhof [Central Cemetery], Vienna, Protestant Section: Portrait bust of Leopoldine “Poldi” Nitschmann who passed away in 1927, aged only 18.

Usually, I have no problem viewing old tomb monuments in a detached manner and appreciating them as works of art or pieces of cultural history, but this one always gets to me. There is an air of grief and sadness about it that I find hard to describe and even harder to escape…

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