Scaliger Tombs


A perfect example of Gothic art is a series of tombs located in a court of the Santa Maria Antica Church in Verona, Italy. The tombs can be seen from the street through the iron grills securing them. These funerary monuments are of the Scaliger family who ruled Verona from the 13th to the 14th century.
The iron grills were decorated with a stair motif in reference with the family name’s meaning in Italian, “della Scala”.  The tombs are of the notable members of the Scaliger family: Cangrande I (built in the 14th century, the oldest tomb), Mastino II (1345), Cansignorio (1375), Alberto II (1301), and Giovanni (1359).
A view of the Scaliger Tombs from the street. On the left is the tomb of Mastino II. Notice the Gothic design
of the monument. On the right is that of Giovanni, built into the wall of the church.

From this view, at the front is Mastino II's tomb and behind it is Cansignorio's.


Giovanni's tomb built into the wall of the church. The black poster shows the visiting hours of the Scaliger Tombs
(Arche Scaligere). Opposite the poster (right side, not seen on photo) is a small souvenir store.

12 comments:

  1. This is just amazing. It doesn't sound as though these folks were of the "religious," but still were accorded such an honor. But there really wasn't anything like separation of church and state in the 14th century. :-)

    Thanks for your comment today. Your comments are always so thoughtful and to the point and interesting!

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  2. Hermosa muestra de Arte Gótico.¡Saludos Lea!

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  3. Interesting building, I like your photos!

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  4. An interesting post, Lea, as ever. I like the architectural construction of the tombs. Did you ever see the catacombs in Italy. I haven't. Saw them in Malta... not a nice experience.

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  5. Spunky said hello to Mateo, and wants to be little and white like her or him. I did get another post to finally go through so there is a new one. I like to use Live Writer and it did not co-operate the first time. Love the pictures. I just said in my blog how much I enjoy your historic photos. Especially for glitter, the Crystal photos.I enjoy your visits so much. You breathe some life into this old lady's life.

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  6. It's interesting to get a chance to see the different architecture of the tombs. I find old architecture fascinating and even more the history behind it.
    Liz

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  7. Thanks for another fine comment. You made my day!

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  8. So inspirational... =)
    Have a nice day.

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  9. Hmm... I love gothic Architecture!
    We have a lot of that, where I have been living for the past 12 years.

    But I am not sure, if I wanted my deathplace plain open like that.

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  10. Thank you so much, everyone!

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  11. I just finished reading 'Mirror, Mirror' by Gregory Maguire. He only skimmed the surface of the Borgia family, just as he only skimmed the surface of the various popes of that time. So, these photos of bygone royalty (?) are quite intriguing. We have nothing like this in America. These dynasty people were revered as gods.

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