Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual c.1500 - c.1800

Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual c.1500 - c.1800

Nigel Llewellyn


How did our ancestors die? while in our personal day the topic of demise is generally kept away from, in pre-Industrial England the rituals and tactics of demise have been current and fast. humans not just surrounded themselves with keepsake mori, in addition they sought to maintain alive stories of these who had long past prior to. This continuous disagreement with dying was once more advantageous via a wealthy tradition of visible artifacts. In The artwork of Death, Nigel Llewellyn explores the meanings at the back of an fantastic variety of those artifacts, and describes the attitudes and practices which lay in the back of their construction and use.

Illustrated and defined during this booklet are an array of little-known items and photographs similar to death's head spoons, jewels and swords, mourning-rings and fanatics, wax effigies, church monuments, Dance of dying prints, funeral invites and ephemera, in addition to works through recognized artists, together with Holbein, Hogarth and Blake.

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