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message 1: by Heather (last edited Jun 22, 2018 12:15AM) (new)

Heather | 8542 comments Memento Mori Remember that you will die.

"Men living in antiquity all the way up until the beginning of the 20th century, rather than being a downer, death was seen as a motivator to live a good, meaningful, and virtuous life. To help men remember death, artists created paintings, sculptures, and mosaics depicting skulls, skeletons, and other symbols of death. Churches would display memento mori art to compel viewers to meditate on death, reflect on their lives, and re-dedicate themselves to preparing to meet God. Devout Christians would often ask that their tomb or grave marker have some sort of skeleton motif on it to remind their visiting family members to get right with God before they too passed on."

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Heather | 8542 comments

To This Favour
William Michael Harnett
1879


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Self Portrait
Thomas Smith
1680


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Memento mori woodcut
Alexander Mair
1605


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In ictu oculi
Juan de Valdés Leal
1672


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Saint Jerome
Albrecht Dürer
1521


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Morieris
Hans Memling
1483


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Memento Mori
Jan Saenredam
late 16th century


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Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull
Frans Hals
1615


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Dance of Death
Emmanuel Büchel
1773


message 12: by Heather (last edited Jun 25, 2018 08:39AM) (new)

Heather | 8542 comments Carol ꧁꧂ wrote: "*shiver*"

I agree, Carol!
I thought it was interesting the rationale they had behind why they wanted to paint reminders of death into art.

"rather than being a downer,
~death was seen as a motivator to live a good, meaningful, and virtuous life
~Churches would display memento mori art, to compel viewers to meditate on death, reflect on their lives, and re-dedicate themselves to preparing to meet God.
~Devout Christians would often ask that their tomb or grave marker have some sort of skeleton motif on it to remind their visiting family members to get right with God before they too passed on ."


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