Sleeping Maiden

Taken on our honeymoon in Greece in the First Cemetery in Athens.

From athensinfoguide.com:

One of the most famous monuments of the first Cemetery is the Sleeping Maiden, the tombstone of Sofia Afentaki, a classicist work by Giannoulis Chalepas (1878). The girl seems to be sound asleep and nothing shows the rigidity of the dead body. In this way, the work fully corresponds to the model of the classicist tomb, according to which death is an eternal dreamless sleep. The sculpture owes its fame to a great degree to the artist’s tragedy, as this was his last work before his schizophrenia was manifested.

Posted February 6, 2009 in Athens, Greece, Nikon D200