Angels in the Cemetery
Angel Art is a large part of the 19th century landscape at rural cemeteries and especially here at Mount Auburn. People had the means to place significant monument art by significant artists on lots to commemorate their loved ones who died. This art is more than a way to prettify a lot. It offered the mourner an understanding of beliefs around death. A popular form of Angel Art at Mount Auburn, from 1831, the founding of the cemetery, until 1865, is that of the “soul-bearing angel.” These monuments show the deceased accompanied by usually two angels who carried them to heaven, immediately upon death. Docent Rosemarie Smurzynski will lead this walk. We will visit this art and explore the theology that inspired it.
Funding for programs has been provided in part by theMassachusetts Cultural Council.