Unveiled

Zentralfriedhof [Central Cemetery], Vienna

While one can stumble upon some fairly bizarre monuments in Vienna’s cemeteries, the nudity found in this one still comes as a bit of a surprise. Figures of female mourners were of course extremely popular in fin-de-siècle tomb sculpture but this one takes things further, echoing perhaps images of Death and the Maiden where a young woman, usually depicted in a sexualised manner, is contrasted with the Grim Reaper.

Unfortunately, the family name on this extraordinary tomb is illegible and there isn’t any indication of the sculptor either.

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