Art History: Works of Art Connected with Death

TITLE: Essay on Works of Art Connected with Death
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AUTHOR: Mavarine Du-Marie

DATE: 7th August 2009

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“…For even if focused on the certain aspects of death, historically, perhaps, this was the first time ’death’ manifested to that point to have been visually depicted in isolation from the ’order of things’ as in given in the Robert Fludd’s artwork based upon a scientific image: a naked man in the centre of a monochord universe tuned by the hand of God, and along this are the Elements, the Ether (planets), the Empireum (Angelic hierarchies) but Death does not appear, either as a deity or as a concept, nor in other celestial art that pertains to heaven, as far as I’m aware, even though ‘death’ was mentioned in written sources, such as the Holy Bible and ancient texts from Greek mythology. So, its was unusual for ‘death’ to have taken centre stage in Renaissance society, in visual images based upon religious concepts and to have been widely distributed among Renaissance society….”

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