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Familia D'Onofrio, Recoleta Cemetery

There’s not much info about who the D’Onofrios were or what they did other than having a little bit of Italian & Irish in their background. What’s more striking is the Art Deco-ness of their family mausoleum, created by one of the most gifted sculptors in Buenos Aires: Troiano Troiani.

Born in 1885 in Udine, Italy (the region bordering Austria & Slovenia), Troiani immigrated to Argentina in 1910. Italian artists were invited to participate in Argentina’s centennial festivities, as thanks in part to heavy Italian immigration since the 1880s. Troiani became a popular (yet now forgotten) artist throughout the 1930s & adorned many public & private works during that time. He decorated houses in the Caballito neighborhood, the ex-Ministry of Public Works on Avenida 9 de Julio, light fixtures in front of Congress, & several tombs in this cemetery. Troiani died in 1963, but he left a lot to admire in Buenos Aires.

Inside the D’Onofrio mausoleum is a Byzantine-inspired image of the crucifixion & a textured stained glass panel:

Familia D'Onofrio, Recoleta Cemetery

Familia D'Onofrio, Recoleta Cemetery

Troiani stained glass

If there’s an interior that is interesting or particularly photogenic, don’t be intimidated by a closed door. Glass doors often have multiple openings large enough to point a camera lens through. Even if there doesn’t appear to be much to see, use your camera as a spyscope. Side windows are also another option to get a sneak peek.

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  1. […] The lamps were the best discovery… large, Grecian urn-like beacons. I was scolded by a cop for climbing on the scaffolding, but the sculptors name became clearly visible:  Troiano Troiani. He’s responsible for some of the best Art Deco sculptures in town, from Caballito to Recoleta Cemetery: […]

  2. Salvatore D'Onofrio Salvatore D'Onofrio

    il mio interesse è dato dal che il mio cognome è D’ONOFRIO,mi dispiace che non vi siano ulteriori informazioni. Grazie!

    • Ciao Salvatore – I’m sorry there is no further information about this family. If I discover something, I’ll add it here.

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