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Llambi Campbell, Recoleta Cemetery

This gated family vault uses only underground storage with little ornamentation above except for one of the most beautiful angels in the cemetery. Paulino Llambi Campbell owned a large amount of land in the Argentine province of Santa Fe & named the area & town after his family.

The angel holds a trumpet in one hand while crossing her arms over her chest. The slightly bowed head is hardly demure… she has a very come-hither look on her face. Add some sexy curves & this is one of the most femme fatale statues in Recoleta Cemetery:

Llambi Campbell, Recoleta Cemetery

But this statue is not unique. Inspired by a similar angel in Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, Italy, she makes the Recoleta version seem absolutely tame. The original was made by Giulio Monteverde, an Italian artist who trained Lola Mora & Victor de Pol as well as sculpting the crucifixion inside the entrance gate chapel. Thanks to Sergio Sanginisi for taking such a wonderful photo:

Staglieno Cemetery angel, Genoa

Just above the staircase which descends into the family vault is an inscription in French, “there is no death except for the one who is forgotten.” Thanks to Sergio for helping with the translation:

Llambi Campbell, Recoleta Cemetery

Update (08 Feb 2012): Thanks to the online Witcomb Collection, older versions of Recoleta Cemetery are coming to light. A nearby plot (four mini-blocks to the right) originally belonged to Vicente Ocampo & displayed a more accurate copy of the Staglieno masterpiece. Unfortunately only the Llambi Campbell copy survives today, & the Vicente Ocampo plot has been sold & divided into four sub-plots. I wonder what the Ocampo family did with their copy???

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Ocampo, Colección Witcomb

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  1. sergio

    That meants, roughly: ‘There’s no death but for the one that is forgotten’.

  2. Sergio – You’re a lifesaver. Thanks a lot!

    I definitely need to refresh my French… I’ll change it in the text above soon.

  3. Marcos

    Consulta…la estatua de la primer foto, la actual tiene un cinturon y el peinado menos abultado que la foto del update. Suponen fue retocada? Para mi las alas son distintas tambien.

  4. Qué buen ojo Marcos! No es la misma que aparece en la tumba de Vicente Ocampo… también cambió de ubicación. La “manzana” donde estaba la original ahora se encuentra dividida en 4. O sea, en la foto de Witcomb es una sola tumba y ahora hay 4 en el mismo lugar (sé donde quedaba por la tumba de Francisco Bollini atras).

    La cripta de Llambi Campbell parece una copia menos logrado. Qué hicieron los Ocampo con su copia????

  5. Marcos

    No entendi. La cripta de Llambi Campbell esta ubicada donde antes estaba la de Ocampo?

  6. No, la de Llambi Campbell está cerca pero no en la misma ubicación.

  7. Marcos

    Ah…habia entendido una reemplaza a la otra. De todos modos es intrigante el uso de la misma estatua…
    y que abra sido de la primera version. Mire las fotos de la coleccion Witcomb. Increible como cambio el perfil y cuanto verde habia antes!! A mi siempre me dan pena algunas plantas metidas en macetas o urnas…

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