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The Kiss of Death, Barcelona.

Funery art has a variety of cultural uses. Often used to celebrate the lives of those whose graves they stand above, some of the most striking and often most macabre--examples are to be found in Barcelona's Poblenou Cemetery. The Kiss of Death sits atop the resting place of textile manufacturer Josep Llaudet Soler, dates back to 1930 and has been attributed to sculptor Jaume Barba. Depicting death as a winged skeleton, placing a kiss on an passive young man, it suggests different meanings to different observers. Is the man welcoming death or has he simply accepted his fate? The cemetery having been opened in 1775, destroyed once by Napoleon's troops in 1813, then rebuilt in 1819, contains many arresting displays of such art belonging to the city's wealthier historical patrons. Most of these are situated in a separated section, overlooking more traditional burial plots that sit in a 'lower' area at the front.


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Title Annotation:SPOTLIGHT; funerary art in Spain
Comment:The Kiss of Death, Barcelona.(SPOTLIGHT)(funerary art in Spain)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUSP
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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