mortality

Death such a complex fact of life and from this concept many ideas are born. The end of life,the fact that something that once was no longer is. Death being this morbid fact of life that does not discriminate from the rich or poor, young or old surprisingly gives birth to different types of music,clothing,ideas,like the idea of momento morir and many beautiful art pieces. people rarely face death we move day by day in our lives and focus on our goals and ambitions. But in the back of our minds we know that it will end. This sublime feeling is the reason why we change death from this slowly approaching end to something more. To something that we can control, something that we can form and shape. This is what our gallery is about, Death and its power to create as much as it destroys and decays. The art work here shows people trying to control how death appears. To show that it can be beautiful. That it can be gruesome and invoke fear in its onlookers. That it is something not to be forgotten and that there is something after. How ever you see it may say something about you and your out look on life.But in the end our very real mortality is what pushes us forward and brings about masterpieces like these. 

This is a perfect example of death in the mind of an artist. This is a self portrait by Arnold Bocklin and standing behind him is death playing a fiddle. now this is an example of momento morir the reminder of death and a look into the mind of a man and his view on death. He is well aware of his mortality and personifies it very well. Death is right on his shoulder and he knows because he hears the music creeping ever so closely. This oil painting is striking in detail its amazingly life like.
This painting called The Combat of Diomendes is a good representation of death. The overall painting portrays soldiers running amuck with their weapons. You can also see the enemies mercilessly kill each other. Although, Jaques-Louis David depicts death slightly differently. He creates this entire painting in a mixture of dark grey and black instead of vivid color. These colors are definitely the most suitable when you visualize about death. In fact, these colors represent mourning in Western Culture. The imagery of spirits being lifted into the clouds also portrays death. People in certain cultures to believe that spirits are guided into the afterlife. This explains for the wandering spirits considering it depicts scenes of the Trojan War.
This painting portrays the death of an important figure Jesus Christ's body appears limp, slightly bloody and very pale. The colors that are used for the background are mainly gray, brown, and black, which enhances the deathly effect. There are other details that pronounce his gruesome death, Jesus is pinned on the cross with his arms spread out wide, which resembles the form of an angel. An angel is a spiritual figure that emphasizes death yet also redemption. Jesus is also looking upwards as if he staring at someone in his death. In the bible, it is assumed that he is reunited with his father in heaven. That father is God based on the verse "The Father is greater than I'' in John 14:28. Another few characteristics that represent death are the scattered bones around his feet. However, the fact that Jesus is looking away from the bones indicates his triumph over death.
There are some features of death within the artwork judging by the landscape and figures. The background of this artwork is barren and desolate and empty. Firstly, this is the type of harsh environment anyone can easily die in. The artist did want to capture the stuggles people experienced in this environment. The figures themselves absolutely look ghastly regarding their grayish skin tone and abnormally skinny bodies. These figures' thinness plus the empty buckets indicates that they are on the brink of starvation. Their blank face expressions also emphasize the concept of death in a certain way. These are the face expressions you may show when hope for life is diminished.
+– Death and the Miser (c. 1485/1490) by Hieronymus Bosch National Gallery of Art, Washington DC Death and the Miser- When you think of death, the first thing you think of is, blood, shed, tears. On a spiritual note, demons, angels, Christ, and skeletons all over the place. As we look into the painting, death is being portrayed in many different ways. The artist Hieronymus Bosch put a lot of symbolism in his work. For instance, this piece is considered a memento mori which means it reminds the viewer of the certitude of death. A couple of examples displayed here is, the angel of protection since the demonic side is coming into play. The divine light coming from the window as the crucifix is hanging before it. The creatures coming out of under the bed and making the woman offerings to persuade her to whether pick heaven or hell. The image that sticks out the most is the skeleton creature who is entering and is pointing the arrow at the woman on the bed. The demonic creature above her bed with the cage with a match signifying the path to hell. The priest coming into play as well, giving the mouse some offerings to leisure the woman's sin perhaps. Death can be seen in many different perspectives.
The detail in this Historical sculpture in the round is a breath taking piece of art. You can really feel the dead weight of venus in the arms of mars. The detail is breath taking, this is a great example how death is represented in a different medium. Venus being the god of love and mars the god of war this is an interesting piece showing that even the fictional gods had to deal with death.
This painting has a great connection to the theme especially because age doesn't really matter. Death can come to you at any age and at any point of the day. The male looks roughly around his early twenties on a pretty decent day. It seems like he committed suicide and on the side he has loads of ripped papers. meshed into pieces. There is also a small glass bottle on the floor by his hand. I'm thinking her must've poisoned himself.
A beautiful depiction of life is portrayed in this piece of artwork. The vivid, vibrant colors of life flow in a circular motion. Life is represented by different generations, from the grandmother to grandchild and all generations in between. The figures here are so wrapped up in love they are naive to death that is starring them right in the face. Although life is portrayed so beautifully, the harsh look of death can not be ignored. As we move toward death the picture becomes dark and gruesome. Death is the grim reaper. The body of the grim reaper is represented by crosses which symbolizes all of the souls that he has taken. Then there is this devilish grin on the face of death as he watches the image of life unfold knowing that soon one of the figures will become just another cross on his body. This goes to show that no matter how beautiful the cycle of life is depicted in this piece of artwork, death will always be there as a reminder that it can be snatched away.
This is a still life painting by Rachel Ruysch that represents death and the theme. Here are flowers that are expected to be appealing to the eye, however they are not. The flowers are decaying and dried out as they rest in an urn. They are limp and lifeless. The decay of the flowers look much like that of flesh decaying from the bone of a body. There are also bugs eating away at the flowers. Much like maggets eat away at the flesh of a dead body. The rich dark tones in this painting also point toward death as well. From this painting we can tell that death is inevitable. Death can come in many forms and take the life of anything.
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