Angel of Grief in Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery

Emelyn Story memorial in Rome is known as the Angel of Grief.

The Angel of Grief is one of the most poignant and photographed memorials in Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery, located in the shadow of the pyramid of Caius Cestius in the city's Testaccio district.

The statue is the work of the American neoclassical sculptor William Wetmore Story (1819-95) and is a memorial to his wife Emelyn who died in 1894.

Story described carving the statue as helping him deal with the loss of his wife, saying: “She was my stay, my joy, my help in all things.”

The much-replicated memorial was his last major work, and became the artist's resting place a year later when he died aged 78.

For further insights, see Wanted in Rome's walking tour of Rome places associated with 18th-century American, British and Irish artists and writers.

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Address The Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome, Via Caio Cestio, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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Angel of Grief in Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery

The Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome, Via Caio Cestio, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy