Pellegra Migone Piaggio, 1873, after Benetti

Carson Barnes
By the way, there's a story or two about this piece.
She was Pellegra Migone Piaggio, at about age 45 in 1873, sculpted in marble for her husband Giovanni's tomb at Staglieno monumental cemetery in Genoa, where I photographed the portrait. The family's wealth came from international shipping insurance; sculptor Benetti, remarkably, went so far as to carve marble eyelashes for her (leave a thin shelf of marble over the eye, file into it, voila, lashes).  To emphasize her bleak mood, I used pollarded trees by a lake in southern Germany. It's a small, intimate piece showing her resignation; at this point, the howling grief was exhausted.
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