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I'm looking for a Renaissance painting representing Death. Not in a specific, individual way, but a Black Death-Apocalpse-Judgement Day kind of omnipotent, omnipresent death. I could go earlier or later than the Renaissance period, if you have something spiffy in mind. Any suggestions?

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unovis
Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Well -- mostly Death was represented as a skeleton or dessicated corpse, as he is here in Death and the Miser, by Hieronymus Bosch: http://www.dl.ket.org/webmuseum/wm/paint/auth/bosch/death-miser/death-miser.jpg
Judgment Day imagery was more concerned with God, the Archangel Michael with his scales and sword, and devils. Death, even in illustrations for Revelation, was less omnipotent than inevitable, in a daily sort of way.
ETA2: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Triumph of Death (lots of deaths): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Thetriumphofdeath.jpg
[sigh. I'll stop making corrections now]

You'll probably find more imaginative images of Death in the 19th century.
ETA: Like this, from Gustave Dore: http://www.creationism.org/images/DoreBibleIllus/xRev0607Dore_TheVisionOfDeath.jpg


Edited at 2010-02-02 01:32 pm (UTC)
keerawa
Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's exactly what I needed!
inathunderstorm
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
St. Francis Contemplating the Skull is one of my personal favorites!
keerawa
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Doesn't work for what I'm doing, but a truly stunning piece of art - thank you sionnain!
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