The monument, one of the most dramatic ever designed by Barberi at Certosa and one of his most successful with the Cavazza tomb nearby and Borghi-Mamo, is dedicated to Raffaele Bisteghi, died in May 1881. The crudely realist portrayal of the statue's agony, together with the painstaking details, contrast with the majestic and austere angel and its art deco accents. The dramatic sense of the composition contrasts with the unusually calm figure of the spouse, devoutly kneeling at her husband’s sickbed, so much that the work was immediately criticised right after its unveiling. Nevertheless, the designs and sketches show the original intention of Barberi, later dampened by the patrons. And while the idea of portraying the departed with the head sunk in the pillow was probably inspired by the sculptor’s painter friend Luigi Serra, it was another friend and colleague, Antonio Tartarini, who took care of the base and inscriptions.
Monument to Raffaele Bisteghi, Enrico Barberi (1850-1941) Galleria degli Angeli, 1891