Renaissance masterpieces in the cemetery

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GLENDALE, California – You don’t have to travel to Italy to admire the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo. AT Forest Lawn and Mortuary Memorial Parks, you will find life-size replicas of works by Italian Renaissance masters.

“We started collecting Renaissance-related works centuries ago,” said James Fishburne Ph.D., director of the Forest Lawn Museum. “We did this originally because traveling in Europe was extremely difficult. Now our collection has grown into a destination in its own right.”

At Forest Lawn Glendale, you can recreate a journey through Italy in just one afternoon. The cemetery houses well-known works from Florence, Rome and Milan.

“We have a life-size replica of Michelangelo’s Moses,” Fishburne said. “We also have the Pieta. The original sculpture is in the Vatican in Rome.”

The Memorial Park also has a stained glass replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper and a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David, who live in Florence, Italy.

“It’s a free family activity,” Fishburne said. “And you can get closer to the works in a way that you often can’t get in a museum or a church in Italy.”

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