Dust, Ashes and Nothing!
The church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini is home to one of the most laconic tomb-slabs in the whole of Rome.
Located at the end of the nave, directly in front of the high altar, it declares: HIC IACET PVLVIS CINIS ET NIHIL (Here lies dust ashes and nothing). There is neither name nor date.
This is the tomb-slab of Cardinal Antonio Barberini, the founder of the church, who died in 1646.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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