Thucydd

Ode to Giulio Monteverde

An oil painting on cavas 4ft x 5.5ft by Thucydd Ides titled "Ode To Giulio Monteverde". The painting is of the Monteverde Angel or the Angel of Resurrection (In Italian the Angelo di Monteverde and Angelo della Resurrezione). Created in marble in 1882 by the Italian artist Giulio Monteverde. It was commissioned by Francesco Oneto, a president of the Banca Generale, in honour of deceased members of his family. The statue guards the tomb of the Oneto family in the cemetery of Staglieno in Genoa, Northern Italy. Portraying a pensive angel with long, richly detailed wings it is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful and sensual sculptures in its genre, to which Monteverde contributed other important neo-classical works. A picture of the work graces the cover of the publication, Camposanto Di Genova. The booklet calls the work, "a true masterpiece" and states, "The Angel, who guards the urn, is admired for the perfect moulding of the arms, neck and head, the deep and soft expression of grief which appears on her features; she holds a trumpet in her right hand, as if ready to sound it on the last judgement day." Her beauty inspired me to paint her.