Collection: Photo - Weeping Haserot Angel of Death Victorious Lakeview Cemetery Cleveland

You can’t stop looking at the Haserot Angel in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio not far from University Circle.

No wonder it’s an enormously popular destination for anyone who wants to take a photo. I happened to arrive at the right time of day to get several photos with very distinct shadows that almost look like a skeleton – kind of creepy I guess but a relevant effect for a cemetery.

It’s not that the Weeping Angel bronze sculpture forces you to keep your eyes open. The statue is so large and detailed that it draws you in right away. And those black tears – they’re the highlight of the weeping angel. Time will do that to old artwork.

Officially known as The Angel of Death Victorious, this masterpiece was commissioned by Francis Haserot. He wanted it for his family after the death of his wife. All sorts of folklore has blossomed over the decades since it was created in 1924.

It was created by Herman Matzen who is known for several pieces throughout Greater Cleveland.

Some people call the angel female or male; neither may be true. Each photo seems to suggest a different gender. In the Bible, angels have masculine names. But visitors and the artist may have different interpretations. I wouldn’t refer to this sculpture as the Grim Reaper. The angel sits above the marble tombstone – watching over it and silently signaling as it were, “Respect the lives of the outstanding people who are buried here.” Besides the black tears (and they are hard to miss), the other standout feature is the upside-down torch that the angel hold tight (it’s not likely to be dropped in the next few decades). The position apparently symbolizes that the flame of life has been extinguished. Mortality brings death too soon; resting places are to be revered. But there’s no doubt that the angel is meant to underscore the presence of death as bodies rest in the cemetery that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Haserot Angel photos can reflect the setting, the quality of the artwork, the way the family is honored and more. Fall leaves, sunlight and shadows allow for all sorts of views.

People have different ways of describing the statue: “Scary.” “OK, now I can’t blink.”

“Hauntingly beautiful .”

“I love that cemetery”

“Very Eerie”