A Work of Art Repaired: The Fagnani Monument

July 1, 2020

If you visit Greenbriar Path this summer, you can now enjoy one of our latest preservation successes: the beautiful floral-shaped monument to Beatrice Fagnani (1855-1857) has been repaired after breaking in half two years ago. Carved in 1857 by Italian artist Patrizio Piatti (c. 1824-1888), the marble pedestal with a sculpted morning glory flower in bloom has been a favorite of visitors and staff alike for many years, and is part of Mount Auburn’s Significant Monument Collection. A tender example of Victorian iconography, the morning glory design symbolized death and rebirth at the time (as the flower closes in the evening and blooms in the morning).