Gevatter Tod - Godfather Death - Comare Morte - Peetoom Dood
Roma Verano, Italia
It is not exactely modern and new, the gravestone at whose foot I've found this winged equalizer.
And yet to me it appeared to be too new and too modern to have this companion. Normally symbolic reference to Death is not unusually for cemetery art of years that have a 16, 17 or at max 18 as their first two digits. Here the list of victims started with dying years in the 19 hundreds. Maybe - I thought - I have not done my homework properly or maybe here in Italy the clocks tick in an different way (maybe? they do!). Yet the solution is much easier: The family that has generously contributed members to our common friend - I've counted at least 12 persons that are buried there - this family has a very fine sense of humor, an adorable fine sense of humor, ironie and wisdom! For here, my dear dArtist, you see a decoration of the grave of the family named "Vita" *1)
I bow my head to all the living and to the dead della "Vita"!
*1: Should you be ignorant of it: "Vita" ("Vida") means "Life" - in Italian, Latin, Venetian, Europanto, Volapük, Malayalam and probably in many other languages ...
The title I have chosen refers to a fairytale of the brothers Grimm, in which Death becomes the godfather of a 13th child. Read about it in the Wikipedia article: Godfather Death (English) Comare Morte (italiano) Peetoom Dood (nederlands) Gevatter Tod (deutsch)
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