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Buenos Aires, Recoleta Cemetery, Atilio Massone

A massive vault with Art Deco reliefs full of emotion & allegory. Circle the entire structure to find representations of all stages of life: birth, adulthood & old age.

Buenos Aires, Recoleta Cemetery, Atilio Massone

Atilio Massone (father) arrived from Genoa in 1889, doing much to assist fellow Italian immigrants in his neighborhood of La Boca. He later started a successful pharmaceutical company taken over by his sons, Arnaldo & Atilio (junior). They founded the Instituto Massone, known for research in isolating biochemical compounds such as insulin & producing antibiotics. The institute was closed by the Perón government in 1950 supposedly for poor hygiene when in reality the Massone brothers refused to pay compulsory “donations” to the Eva Perón Foundation. It reopened in 1968 after Perón’s forced exile.

Buenos Aires, Recoleta Cemetery, Atilio Massone

This family vault has been recently cleaned & regular readers know that we are big fans of restoration. Not only does it preserve the cemetery for future generations, but it also gives us a look into the past… a glimpse of what tombs were like when first constructed. That said, details fail to stand out like they did prior to restoration. This tomb is good for debate: should tombs be completely restored or should some remain intact, letting the passage of time do its work?

Buenos Aires, Recoleta Cemetery, Atilio Massone

Buenos Aires, Recoleta Cemetery, Atilio Massone

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  1. cosentini gaetano cosentini gaetano

    gradirei avere notizie di discendenti viventi con i quali potermi mettere in contatto

  2. Lisandro Orlov Lisandro Orlov

    El friso que rodea la bóveda por el frente y sus dos laterales pertenecen el escultor italiano LEONARDO BISTOLFI. No he encontrado un relato sobre el significado de esta obra. Algunos que enfatizan el aspecto socialista del gran personaje que fue ATILIO MASSONE y entonces enfatizan que es una alegoría de la evolución o la gran marcha de la humanidad hacia el progreso. En cambio aquellos que enfatizan su membresía en la masonería, interpretan esta alegoría como las edades del ser humano. Lamentablemente ninguna de estas hipótesis están documentadas.

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