Among the most beautiful objects of art ever created are the funerary monuments which are to be found scattered around the world in all cultures. Worldwide, there are about ten cemeteries which claim special attention, and among those is the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can view these magnificent monuments in many ways: as architectural statements, as masterpieces of sculpture, stone carving, and stone masonry; as bronze artisanship and mastery in casting; and as works in precision glass artistry. It’s all here and in a variety of styles ranging from Classical, Gothic, Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Baroque. The monuments were built beginning in 1822 to the present day. And most are breathtaking. I imagine the feeling one got from walking along the Appian Way 2,000 years ago while viewing those ancient Roman tombs must have been similar to the feeling engendered today during a visit to Recoleta.
I chose primarily to focus on the works of doors and windows in this slideshow, most of them created from amazing bronze castings. You won’t believe the artistic genius behind these wonderful pieces. Most of them were designed and cast in Paris and Milan. As the slideshow progresses, you will simply be overwhelmed by the variety and beauty of these funerary Doorways To Death. The music is the Miserere of Allegri, written sometime in the 1630’s and performed by the Tallis Scholars.
Click on the jump to enjoy a collection of still photos of the Recoleta Cemetery.