Huizinga’s Three Motifs of Death.

“The endless complaint of the frailty of all earthly glory was sung to various melodies. Three motifs may be distinguished. The first is expressed by the question: Where are all those who one filled the world with their splendour? The second motif dwells on the frightful spectacle of human beauty gone to decay. The third … Continue reading

Death Walks Behind You: The Danse Macabre.

“Since the thirteenth-century, the popular preaching of the mendicant orders had made the eternal admonition to remember death swell into a sombre chorus ringing throughout the world. Towards the fifteenth-century, a new means of inculcating the awful thought into all minds was added to the words of the preacher, namely the popular woodcut. Now these … Continue reading

List of Slides for Week 4.

1)      Pieter Bruegel the Elder,The Triumph of Death, c. 1562, Oil on panel, 117 x 162 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid. 2)      Unidentified French Miniaturist, Judgment of the Dead, c. 1418, Vellum, 25,4 x 17.8 cm, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. 3)      Hans Memling, Last Judgment Triptych (open), 1467-71, Oil on wood, 221 x 161 cm (central), … Continue reading