Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Angel of Death

I have seen this sculpture three times in the past, and knew it was something special.
The problem, being that in St. Peter's Basilica, it is roped off, I could never get closer than 40 feet.
This time I was escorted by my dear friend Alfonso & his brother, who is one of the Swiss Guard. They allowed me to go beyond the fences...
This sculpture is the crown to a doorway, the winged skeleton holding an hour glass is titled, the Angel of Death. This gold guided bronze sculpture is the keeper of time. The wall is of a black marble, rust colored marbled carved exquisitely in the form of a veil, is being lifted.
Beyond the door, is for only those invited. I passed thru and will respect that which is not public.
After an illuminating day behind closed doors at the Vatican, my friends from the Rome chapter of the Hells Angels picked me up for dinner, to round out my theological sojourn.


  1. Wow. That's amazing. The fact that the faced is obscured (at least in the pics) makes it even more striking.

  2. the hitler youth german pope was probably a hells angel. coke or pepsi?

  3. Who was the sculptor? I've been in there a few times, but I don't recall this one. If you're still in Roma, stop by Campo dei Fiori and grab some gelato or coffee. There is a big bronze at the center of the piazza you might like.

    Pete in Frisco

  4. I can barely remember my visit there, as I was 8 years old at the time, but I can clearly remember being amazed at nearly everything I saw in there. I'll have to make a point of seeing this sculpture when I eventually make my way back to Italy. That is impressive.

  5. You're at the freakin Vatican, behind the ropes and through
    the private area doors. What was that you said in the last post,
    "...the life we lead, is way less glamourous than people think!"

    I don't know, I'm still thinking your livin' large!
    You have the best of all the riches. Talent, family, friends, the respect
    of your peers and you make a living from your passion. Nothing is better.
    Triple 'L' Jeff. Living Life Large!

  6. Swiss guard are awesome. That rules