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* The kiss of death ~ This astonishing sculpture forms part of Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery.  The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) dates back to 1930. A winged skeleton bestows a kiss on the lips of a handsome young man: is it ecstasy on his face or resignation? Little wonder the sculpture elicits strong and varying responses from whoever gazes upon it. *

Sculpture in Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery.  The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) dates back to 1930. It is attributed to Jaume Barba but it seems quite likely that it was created by Joan Fontbernat. Santi MB via Flickr.

El Petó de la Mort (Barcelona) - The Kiss of the Death. J.Barba's statue dominates a tomb in the Old Graveyard of Poblenou

Kiss of Death sculpture, Located in Barcelona's Poblenou Cemetery

Kiss of death, El peto de la mort , Barcelona , Poblenou.

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Kiss of Death - Thought to have been created by Jaume Barba, although others say the idea is by Joan Fontbernat.

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Located at Barcelona's Poblenou Cemetery, this magnificent sculpture, titled Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El Beso de la Muerte in Spanish), depicts death (in the form of a winged skeleton) planting a kiss on a young man's forehead. The epitaph bears famous verses by one of Catalan's greatest poets, Jacint Verdaguer: “And his young heart can not help; in his veins the blood stops and freezes, And encouragement lost faith embraces, Fall feeling the kiss of death.”

The kiss of Death, found in Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona.