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Month: September 2008

257. urbano domecq

Urbano Domecq, Recoleta Cemetery

Usually lost in the shadows, the Urbano Domecq vault contains one of the few references in the cemetery to the upper-class sport of polo. Gaining popularity during the 1920s & 1930s, matches would draw crowds of over 25,000 people to the Campo Argentino de Polo in Buenos Aires. At the same time, creation of the prestigious Cup of the Americas tournament gave world-wide recognition to Argentine polo players. Adolfo certainly liked the game with plaques from two different clubs where he played:

Urbano Domecq, Recoleta Cemetery

Urbano Domecq, Recoleta Cemetery

The interior contains three panels of stained glass:

Urbano Domecq, Recoleta Cemetery

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254. sebastián perelli ◊

Sebastián Perelli, Recoleta Cemetery

Artist José F.M. Garzia—who designed the Cisnetto Olivera vault in the previous post—also went a bit on the wild side with the tomb of Sebastián Perelli. Completely eclectic, Neoclassical elements mix with Art Nouveau in a big way:

Sebastián Perelli, Recoleta Cemetery

Garzia’s signature can be found by the lower left corner of the door:

Sebastián Perelli, Recoleta Cemetery

The interior is equally interesting & just as extreme as the exterior:

Sebastián Perelli, Recoleta Cemetery

Sebastián Perelli, Recoleta Cemetery

Update (02 Oct 2011): After a recent trip to San Miguel de Tucumán, I discovered that the bronze urns & light fixtures surrounding the Casa de Gobierno were also designed by José F.M. Garzia:

Argentina, San Miguel de Tucumán, Casa de Gobierno, José F.M. Garzia

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253. cisnetto olivera ◊

Ginormous. No other word can describe the guardian angel watching over the entrance of the Cisnetto Olivera tomb. Easily standing three meters tall, the statue’s height is even more imposing viewed from the narrow walkways of the cemetery:

Cisnetto Olivera, Recoleta Cemetery

Artist José F.M. Garzia’s signature is equally large:

Cisnetto Olivera, Recoleta Cemetery

Cherubs floating in the heavens decorate the door:

Cisnetto Olivera, Recoleta Cemetery

Cisnetto Olivera, Recoleta Cemetery

Biographical data is oddly absent… any info would be appreciated!

Update (02 Oct 2011): After a recent trip to San Miguel de Tucumán, I discovered that the bronze urns & light fixtures surrounding the Casa de Gobierno were designed by José F.M. Garzia as well:

Argentina, San Miguel de Tucumán, Casa de Gobierno, José F.M. Garzia

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