Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Angel of Grief

This past Saturday, Gary and I took our annual bus trip to New York City.  The first thing we did when we left the bus was to hail a taxi to drive us to Brooklyn to re-visit the Green-Wood Cemetery.   After our first visit there last June, I discovered the beautiful blog http://millefiorifavoriti.blogspot.com/ , so lovingly put together by Pat, "a lifelong New Yorker" and a volunteer at Green-Wood for the past several years.   Pat includes such amazing photography in her postings ... and in one of her entries about the Green-Wood Cemetery, she posted pictures of two "Angel of Grief" statues.   As soon as I saw her photos, I KNEW I had to return to the Cemetery and find at least one of the stones.    And that is what I did on Saturday.  I found the O'Donohue sculpture, located near the Eastern Entrance.   There are no words to describe how moving it was to see this right before my eyes.   Here are a few of my photos ....

The photos are so much more impressive if you click on each one to enlarge (and then click once more to enlarge even more) .... you will see so much more detail.  

If you are ever in the Brooklyn area, you MUST devote a few hours to walking through this Cemetery and viewing the other amazing statues and sculptures.    You will be overwhelmed by the intensity of the love and the sorrow.   I plan to return in the Spring and spend an entire day.

Here is a link to view four of Pat's postings showing various angel statues at Green-Wood, including the O'Donohue one


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti October 12, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

Oh my, Frances, you visited the cemetery this weekend, after all? I'm glad you found the Angel of Grief monument, as you hoped to. Thank you for mentioning my blog in this post.

Maybe next time you visit NYC we can meet?

Bren October 13, 2010 at 4:58 AM  

Wow, talk about high impact art! This is stunning I can only imagine how overwhelming it would be to stand before it and experience it in person.

Ann October 14, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

Frances, the Angel of Grief is stunningly beautiful.

Gloria October 15, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

That monument is beautiful! How blessed you were to get to see this face to face. What a moving experience to be able to walk through and view all of this.

Anonymous,  October 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

Knowing how much you longed to visit Green-Wood makes viewing these photos that much more enjoyable!!
... love that you included your hand on hers!! Beautiful Frances!! :D

Anonymous,  September 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM  

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest!

The Angel of Grief is a powerful monument (O'Donohue). Due to my physical location it is difficult to see this monument in person to photograph it myself. Would you consider selling one of your photos to me of the Grieving Angel?


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