Sue Burke (mount_oregano) wrote,
Sue Burke

All Saint's Day, and him, too

Today is All Saint's Day. Cardinal Cinzio Passeri Aldobrandini Personeni (1551-1610) didn't make sainthood, but his tomb in the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, in Rome, did achieve a certain height of style.

I took this photo during a vacation visit in 2007. The basilica is best known for Michelangelo's statue of Moses, part of the funeral monument of Pope Julius II. It also houses  the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem.

Cinzio Aldobrandini, a nephew of Clement VIII, was raised to cardinal in 1593. He became known for his generosity to the poor and as protector and supporter of the arts and letters. I couldn't find out if his tombstone was his idea.

Here in Spain, people place flowers on family graves on All Saint's Day, so there are big traffic jams at the major cemeteries today.

— Sue Burke


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