Friday, July 26, 2013

Memento mori

In Latin, Memento mori translates to remember death, and refers to an artistic tradition of symbolic paintings, sculptures and photographs that remind the viewer of our inescapable mortality.

 Young Man Holding a Skull, Frans Hals (1626)

 Saint Jerome, Albrecht Durer (1521)  

Still Life with a Skull, Philippe de Champaigne (1671)

Postcard (1926)

 Carved ivory rosary, Metropolitan museum (circa 16th century)

Mayan Pre-Columbian sculpture, National Gallery of Victoria

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