Omnia Ab Uno: Nicolas Cage’s Tomb Is Not As Dumb As You Are!
Omnia Ab Uno: Nicolas Cage’s Tomb Is Not Dumb, You Are!
Nicolas Cage’s Tomb, St. Louis Cemetery, Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
So after only reading ten different rants regarding Nicolas Cage’s bazaar tomb???, we realized that our bloggers and social commentators on celebrities are far dumber than the somewhat defamed actor.
The following quotes prove their idiocy, along with their lack of culture, knowledge and/or understanding:
“It’s unclear why Cage chose a pyramid-shaped building – but it’s probably no coincidence that there happens to be a pyramid-shaped symbol on the poster for his classic film, “National Treasure.”"
-TMZ, April 15, 2010
“Why WOULDN’T Nicolas Cage buy a pyramid tomb to bury himself in? Name one reason why Nic Cage would not do this. You can’t, can you?”
-Dan Hopper, Best Week Ever
“Cage had the nine-foot crypt erected in a New Orleans cemetery. The grave resembles the pyramid symbol that appeared on the poster for Cage’s 2004 adventure film National Treasure.”
- News.com.au, April 17, 2010
If these people, and numerous others, even knew how to use Google, much less Google Books, they might find out why the pyramid was chosen…
Between 1808 and 1860, the Egyptian style was employed in American art and architecture through the use of various stylistic motifs. Why did the Egyptian Revival happen to effect American taste at that particular style? Well, its probable that Napoleon’s Egyptian campaigns were the driving factor, as he unveiled much of that world’s past. In fact, at the same time this “revival” was taking place in America, it was also influencing taste in Europe and probably on a much larger scale. As seen above this earlier rendition of a pyramid-type memorial appears at the entrance of St. Louis Cemetery on Basin Street in New Orleans. Often seen in funerary art and architecture, the style was also seen in buildings and in the decorative arts as well. Like the employment of the Grecian taste in American style, the Egyptian style represented some of the great architectural wonders of the world. And, as we all know, there was the obvious attachment of the Pyramid as an Egyptian tomb.
While the Egyptian Revival was most commonly seen in American memorial art and architecture some buildings were fully representative of the style–The Tombs Prison, formerly of New York City and in numerous commercial buildings such as J. Haviland’s Pennsylvania Fire Insurance office (Circa 1838) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (only the facade remains). There were even fully articulated interiors such as the “Egyptian Room” at Waverly, a Gothic Revival Mansion in Columbus, Mississippi. The point is that while the tomb style may have appealed to Nicolas Cage, the Egyptian Revival monuments have long since been seen as sublime in American Architecture–for example, the Washington Monument, an obelisk in the Egyptian Taste.
So while we may not want to know how Nicolas Cage acquired his space, we are certain that his chosen tomb-style is quite appropriate within a cemetery that is largely from before the Civil War in New Orleans. And we also know that it wouldn’t hurt any of our social commentators to learn at least a little bit about our national history, if in fact they wish to accurately report on culture in a national context.