The funerary significance of flora and fauna

16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

The symbolic meanings attributed to plants are perhaps as old as humanity itself, with the plants serving as invaluable means of conveying feelings. The symbolic significance of various plants in funerary art and culture is, at this stage, so omnipresent that we hardly give it a moment’s thought. They all, in turn, suggest eternal life, renown, loyalty, strength, hope or even innocence, Hundreds of tombs are decorated with acanthus, oak leaves, ears of wheat, ivy, lilies, laurel, olive or palm branches, or even poppies with euphoric qualities in the case of Art nouveau monuments. A similar number of tombs are adorned with broken trunks or wreaths or surrounded by serpents or feature eagles or doves. This exhibition, in the former Salu workshop, will teach you how to better understand the funerary significance of such flora and fauna by means of models, sketches and drawings. The associated guided tours will then give you an opportunity to explore the examples realised on the funerary monuments in Laeken Cemetery.

In cooperation with Epitaaf.

Practical information

    • Museum of Funerary Art – Former workshop of the funerary monument builder Ernest Salu
    • parvis Notre-Dame 16
    • 1020 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00 (guided tours of the cemetery, Saturday and Sunday in French at 14h00 and in Dutch at 10h00)
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      Princesse Clémentine/Prinses Clementina
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      Artistes/Kunstenaars