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Arnold Böcklin death

Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle | Arnold Böcklin

Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle is a self-portrait  painted in 1872 by the Swiss symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin. “The painting depicts a bearded Böcklin stalked by a personification of death playing a single-stringed violin in an intimation of his mortality. It is an echo of an earlier painting of Sir Brian Tuke by an anonymous painter c.1540, …

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Vorobiev Oak Tree

Memento Mori Monday | Maksim Vorobyov | Oak Fractured by Lightning (an allegory on his wife’s death)

Oak Fractured by Lightning is an allegorical painting by Russian landscape painter Maksim Nikiforovich Vorobyov (Максим Никифорович Воробьёв) of the death of his wife. The thick, tempestuous dark clouds symbolize the painter’s misery and anguish at the death of his wife, while the sudden flash of lightning reminds us of how quick death can strike. …

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