Sunday, October 29, 2017

Grieving Woman

Different times and cultures deal with grief in varying ways. The Victorians embraced it, with sentimental paintings, drawn-out death scenes in plays and complicated rules about proper mourning dress. Our present culture is uncomfortable with much of this. It's okay to mourn with decorum but then you are expected to either snap out of it or at least keep it to yourself. Perhaps there is something to be learned from the old ways. This young woman has thrown herself across the coffin of her loved one. There she mourns, in Milan's Monumental Cemetery. She will continue to do so as long as her bronze body can hold up.