Rinelli/Guarino Mausoleum


Angels in cemeteries tend to be either heroic or mournful or contemplative. This plus-sized archangel Michael seems to have fluttered on over to the Rinelli Guarino mausoleum and simply alit there, perhaps taking a break before heading to his next destination. Look closely and you’ll see that Michael holds his sword in his right hand at rest across his lap, symbolizing that the earthly struggles of the mausoleum’s inhabitants have ended. His left hand is also in a relaxed pose. The first permanent occupant of the mausoleum was Pietro Rinilli who died in 1913.
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[address cemetery=”Green-Wood Cemetery” street=”Willow Avenue” city=”Brooklyn” state=”New York” zip=”11218″]

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