El Peto de la Mort

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One of the most curious pieces in the Poblenou cemetery in Barcelona is El Peto de la Mort, or the Kiss of Death. It is thought to have been created by Jaume Barba, though it’s also been attributed to Joan Fontbernat. 

This mystifying marble sculpture is both eerie and captivating, depicting a winged personification of Death kissing the forehead of a young man and thus taking him away to another world.

The inscription beneath the sculpture is chilling, a poem by the Catalan, Jacint Verdaguer:

“His young heart is thus extinguished. The blood in his veins grows cold. And all strength has gone. Faith has been extolled by his fall into the arms of death. Amen.”

 

Read more about El Peto de la Mort here.

Click here to view The Kiss of Death by Veronese Designs.