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.