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Angels of the Recoleta

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"Angels of the Recoleta"

Photographs by David Jacobs

Presidents, actors, journalists, and poets call the Recoleta their home, as well as their eternal resting place.  “Evita” Peron’s body lies close to the heart of this medieval necropolis in Buenos Aires, having arrived here almost 14 years after her death.   Although Evita may be the cemetery’s most famous resident, her tomb is not the most dramatic, nor is her story even the most compelling among the stone angels who represent the immortal population of La Recoleta.

The entrance to eternity takes many shapes in the stone gardens of one of the world’s most famous cemeteries.  From Egyptian to Gothic to Art Deco, each story is told in exquisite and artful detail, to the delight of the photographer.

David Jacobs is a former resident of San Leandro, and a part time photographer, who currently resides in Sonoma.  Much of his work centers around the vineyards and beautiful landscapes of Sonoma, but this exhibit is different. When David took a trip to Argentina a couple of years ago, he was so fascinated by the angels he saw in the Recoleta that he took a second trip last year to
once again document the experience.  

David's photographs will be on display at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., through July 29th.  You can meet the photographer at a reception on Saturday, July 21st, between 2pm and 5pm at the library.

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