Defeating Death

The funeral monument of Francesco Morosini by Filippo Parodi in the church of San Nicolò da Tolentino, Venice.
San Nicolò da Tolentino is not one of my favourite Venetian churches, but it is home to one of my favourite sculptures.

The sculpture, a Baroque masterpiece, takes the form of a funeral monument and is the work of Filippo Parodi (1630-1702). It commemorates Cardinal Francesco Morosini (1604-78), the patriarch, not the doge. 
The funeral monument of Francesco Morosini by Filippo Parodi in the church of San Nicolò da Tolentino, Venice.
The extravagant and exuberant monument seems to climb up the wall of the chancel where it is located. Half rising on his bier, Cardinal Morosini is waking from the sleep of death. Hands together in prayer, he has defeated Time, who writhes beneath him in chains. To either side stand personifications of Fame and Charity

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