Death has been the only natural enemy of man since the first heart-beat or sign of cognitive function. There is no escaping the icy embrace, yet there is beauty still found within the taboo subject, which these paintings depict.
The death of General Wolfe depicts the British effort to obtain control of Canada during the late stages of the 18th Century. It was chosen because the painting shows just how much of an impact death can have.
This painting is about the suicide of Sardanapalus to save his people and his city during a foreign invasion. It shows how, even in ancient times, death had a heavy impact.
This depicts the death of a Greek 'God' and the serious impacts to come from it, as seen by the weeping women surrounding their Lord in death.
This shows how much of a widespread fear of death was present during the Dark Ages, mainly caused by the Bubonic Plague.
Yet another depiction of a Greek 'God' post-mortem, and the devastating effects it has on the followers for him, as they sorrowfully caress his corpse in sorrow.
This adds to the level of fear of death during the Dark Ages, as you can see from the expressions on the faces of the peasants kneeling at the mercy to Death.
As the Dark Ages and the Italian Renaissance began to wane, the fear of death too began to fell. This shows an almost calming look as a spirit comes to claim the elderly man from this world.
This painting depicts the after-effects of death on people, seeing how depressing and stressful it can be on those left behind. It was added to the gallery to show that death just doesn't effect the one whom dies.
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