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    Hans Holbein's "Dance of Death" woodcut alphabet!!!

    Hans Holbein the Younger, Dance of Death, woodcut

    Hans Holbein's "Dance of Death" woodcut series that features skeletons as death in every image.

    Hans Holbein – Dance of Death

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    Holbein. Dance of death

    from The Dance of Death, by Hans Holbein the Younger

    Holbein Dance of Death

    "Death on the Gallows" papercut from Totentanz/ Dance Macabre,1922 by German artist Walter Draesner

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    The Kiss of Death Statue, Poblenou Graveyard, Barcelona

    Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos

    The Virgin Mary ~ one of 24 compartmental scenes on The Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. Considered a world-class masterpiece. The work was begun by Hubert van Eyck and upon his death in 1426 it was completed by his brother Jan van Ecyk - completed in 1432.

    Christ Blessing, Surrounded by a Donor and His FamilyAttributed to Ludger tom Ring the Younger (German, 1522–1584), detail 3. MET, NYC

    Intricately carved rosary bead, early 16th century Brabant, boxwood Cloisters collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art- the detail is amazing!

    Fibulae Fibulae (singular: fibula) are brooches that were made popular by Roman military campaigns. They all consist of a body, a pin, and a catch. Ornate fibulae became all the rage in the early middle ages, and are one of the most commonly found objects in barbarian* grave sites. Grave goods like fibulae provide the most concrete cultural information about barbarians, due to the sparse amount of written documentation about them. The diverse ethnic groups were constantly borrowing from one another, while putting their own spin on things. Byzantine Fibula, ca. 430 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) This was a very popular style of fibula, and is called a “crossbow” fibula because of its resemblance to the weapon. Unscrewing the left knob at the end of this “crossbow” would release the pin, which is visible in this photograph. The detailed incising on the body is called pierced openwork, and bears a Christian cross amongst a circular leaf motif. The Byzantines were a part of the eastern Roman empire, their capital being Constantinople. Their empire was a continuation of the Roman empire during the middle ages, while the majority of modern-day Italy was overtaken by barbarian tribes. Although precious and intricate, it is a relatively simple design, indicative of the Byzantine/Roman fibulae style.

    Europe as a Queen, Basel, 1570, handcolored, Map Maker: Sebastian Munster

    Ercole de' Roberti (artist) Italian, c. 1455/1456 - 1496 Ginevra Bentivoglio, c. 1474/1477.

    Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) Published/ Created in Paris, for Andre? Bocard, 12 Feb. 1453. The Ars Moriendi, or "art of dying," is a body of Christian literature that provided practical guidance for the dying and those attending them. These manuals informed the dying about what to expect, and prescribed prayers, actions, and attitudes that would lead to a "good death" and salvation. The first such works appeared in Europe during the early fifteenth century, and they initiated a remar...

    Illustration from the Book of Simple Medicines by Mattheaus Platearius