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Triumph-of-death-antoine-caron - Public domain scan / engraving

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A Petrarchian Triumph of Death, the design is a very close copy of an engraving by Maarten van Heemskerck. It shows Death's triumph over emperor and pope, and all lesser ranks of mankind, along with the two alternative paths in the afterlife: a Hellmouth is shown on the left and the blessed souls of the saved on the right, the latter on their way to a heavenly temple at the top-center of the composition.

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1550
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