Photographer's Note

Campodonico Tomb 1881 in the monumental cemetery of Staglieno, Genoa, Italy.
The tomb of Caterina Campodonico, the “nut seller”, is certainly the best-known monument, the one which more than any other has a place in the collective memory and imagination. She was a very popular character in fairs and traditional feasts; while she was still alive, she commissioned her own funeral monument and paid it with the money she earned throught her assiduous trade. The sculpture reproduces the features and traditional clothing of the hawker, who –with the same pride that prodded entrepreneurs and professional men on having themselves depicted surrounded by the concrete symbols of their wealth and social position – has had herself represented with the objects of her trade (the necklace of nuts, the twisted loaves, the doughnuts). It was not by chance that Caterina Campodonico wanted Lorenzo Orengo (1838-1909) to portray her, as he was the most successful sculptor among the Genoese bourgeoisie.

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  • Copyright: Carlo Natale (cienne45) (36)
  • Genre: Ludzie
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2008-05-00
  • Categories: Sztuka
  • Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
  • Date Submitted: 2012-02-24 13:09
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