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The Face That Remains

July 10, 2020

For years I have had a strong relationship with the town of Cloz, located in the Val di Non of Northern Italy. I have done much work with this town, including writing a book describing their antique cemetery and the work needed for its restoration. (See: In The Shadow of Saint Stephen.) From time to time, I have also contributed to their end of year magazine called El Comun. I wrote the following article for El Comun for their 2017 edition in connection with two of the gravestones in that old cemetery: Those of my grandfather and aunt. I have included it in both Italian and English. Let me know what you think, Thanks! (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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  1. Interesting story. I don’t know how common this is but I thought the carved face on the grave marker is amazing. The carved image seems that of a man younger than 38.

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    • A full faced carving on a gravestone in Italy is extremely rare. My grandfather’s is the only one I have ever seen.


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  3. That is such an impelling carved portrait of your grandfather. I can see why it has captivated and compelled your research all these years. That’s so good of you to have put together a history of the graveyard for posterity.

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    • Thank you. That particular book is one of best selling although the subject is very narrow. I now do professional grave stone restorations in the U.S. and Italy.

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      • Wonderful. I have hired a woman to do some for me in Indiana. I hope to have time to do some of that in the future. You are amazingly productive, Allen!

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