The monumental cemetery of Staglieno in Genoa, Italy is the largest outdoor sculpture museum in Europe and houses the finest collection of late 19th and early 20th century Italian marble sculpture, yet it is almost completely overlooked. Genoa is not part of the "grand tour" of Italy, and cemeteries rarely get the attention of art lovers, art historians, or tourists, so even within Italy this incredible place is almost unknown.
The magnificent treasures of Staglieno are an incredible but overlooked part of our cultural heritage. The American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture (AFIMS)
is dedicated to assisting the City of Genoa in its efforts to preserve the art and artistic legacy of the Camposanto di Staglieno for the education and appreciation of
current and future generations.
We have met with officials of the City of Genoa and with restoration and art history specialists from the Soprintendenza per i Beni Storici and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici, who oversee the artistic heritage of the City of Genoa.
Together we have selected four significant sculptures as our initial focus for restoration and preservation. You can learn about these sculptures in the Planning and Progress sections of this website.
American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture is a United States based not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations to AFIMS are fully deductible to the full extent of the law.