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Memento Mori

In art, mementos mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality. Memento mori is a Latin expression meaning "remember that you have to die". It was then reused during the medieval period, it is also related to the ars moriendi ("The Art of Dying") and related literature. Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

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Memento Mori from BL Add 39636, ff. 5-8, 11-12, 30-32, f. 6

Historiated initial 'D' of a Memento Mori, measuring 125 x 110. On the reverse, partial four-line stave, musical notation and text: '..antur'. Image taken from f. 6 of Cuttings from a Gradual. Written in Latin.

Memento Mori from BL Eg 1070, f. 53

Detail of a full-page miniature of a Memento Mori. Image taken from f. 53 of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of René d'Anjou'). Written in Latin, calendar and rubrics in French.

Memento Mori from BL Eg 1070, f. 53

Full-page miniature of a Memento Mori, with the banner 'Memento homo quod sinis es et in sinere reverteris' [Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you will return). Image taken from f. 53 of Book of Hour... more

Revunvio de calaveras de catrines y borrachos, de viejos y de muchachos, de gatos y garbanceras

Broadside shows a calavera instructing people to go into the graveyard. The text conveys how the time will come for everyone to end up there. A second calavera in verse (epitaph) is titled "Calavera widows, cal... more

Segunda calavera taurina de la nueva estudiantina. A este toro delgado cual espina, hoy lo viene a torear la estudiantina

Broadside shows four human skeletons in triangular hats and carrying musical instruments taunting a skeleton bull. The text, in verse, conveys the slaying of the bull and speaks of death in general.

Monopoly in Hades--How the place will be run, two years after Jay Gould's arrival / F. Opper.

Illustration showing Jay Gould as the Devil holding a paper labeled "Majority of Stock", standing outside an office labeled "Successor to Satan"; he is presiding over the "Hades & World Lightning Transportation... more

A snowball in hell - what chance has it got? / K.

Illustration shows Hell labeled "Wall Street", where a huge snowball shaped like a human head, labeled "The Public", dripping money, melts amid flames and steam labeled "Manipulation, Fake Tips, Pool, [and] Cor... more

[What death takes from those who fall enters into those who are left standing]

Drawing shows only the right half of a two page spread with Death on horseback and as a skeleton carrying a scythe (the blade of which appears in the missing left half) racing to the right over bodies and the w... more

The last ditch / C. D. Gibson.

Drawing shows female symbol of Democracy pushing a German soldier labeled "Militarism" into a ditch in which a skeleton awaits him with open arms.

Incunabulum woodcut e

Collection of medieval manuscript pages from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Incunabulum woodcut g

Collection of medieval manuscript pages from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Incunabulum woodcut h

Collection of medieval manuscript pages from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Incunabulum woodcut l

Collection of medieval manuscript pages from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Incunabulum woodcut p

Collection of medieval manuscript pages from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

A Skeleton by Alexander Mair 1605

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

A skeleton leaning on a spade by an open grave 1620s

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell a

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell b

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell c

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell e

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell h

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell i

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell j

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell k

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell m

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell n

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell o

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell p

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Alexander Ver Huell q

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Allegory of the Five Obstinate Monsters (c. 1575 - 1618) - Anon.

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

An Essay on Woman (pub. Darly) late 18th c.

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Bâstard Foetus Hérédité

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Beauty's Lot, English, 1778

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Bride and Groom Skeletons

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Centrum Mundi

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Death, riding Pegasus, Jacques Gamelin, 1779 (NLM)

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Ein Totentanz by W Draesner 1922

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Enderung vn.d. schmach der bildung Marie 1511 mdz10.bvb.de

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Enderung vn.d. schmach der bildung Marie 1514 mdz10.bvb.de a

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Enderung vn.d. schmach der bildung Marie 1514 mdz10.bvb.de b

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Enderung vn.d. schmach der bildung Marie 1514 mdz10.bvb.de c

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Enderung vn.d. schmach der bildung Marie 1514 mdz10.bvb.de k

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Feeding Toads closeup

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Fifteen Signs of the Last Judgment'. Manuscript page from the Livre de la Vigne nostre Seigneur, dated 1450-1470.

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Fighting devils in Hartmann Schedel's Liber Chronicarum, 1493 (p. 598)

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Four Monsters

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Höllensturz der drei Engel - Dierick Bouts - 1415 (bildinex.de)

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horrenda inhumanitatis genera à Geusijs Belgicis peracta a

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horrenda inhumanitatis genera à Geusijs Belgicis peracta b

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horrenda inhumanitatis genera à Geusijs Belgicis peracta c

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horrenda inhumanitatis genera à Geusijs Belgicis peracta d

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horrenda inhumanitatis genera à Geusijs Belgicis peracta

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata d

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata e

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata f

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata g

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata h

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata i

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata j

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata k

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Horribilia scelera ab Hugenotis in Gallijs perpetrata

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Imago Mortis --- devil's dance in the Nuremberg Chronicle

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Imago Mortis --- devil's dance in the Nuremburg Chronicle (obras raras .br)

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

La mort-aux-rats politiques

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Louis Agassiz Fuertes - Raven and Skulls in the Cornellian 1896 (insight cornell)

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Lucien Coutaud etching

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Melusine - von Ringoltingen, 1468 a

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Melusine - von Ringoltingen, 1468 b

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.