The “revenants” in the Western imaginary
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(The three living and the three dead, the fifteenth century: undead putrescent but aggressive.) The most common concept of the zombie in the works of contemporary fiction, namely the partially decomposed corpse that feeds on human flesh, does not drift … Read More

Graveyards (Cemeteries)
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(Buddhist Cemetery (Tokyo, Japan), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JapaneseGraveyardTokyo.jpg) A cemetery is a group of monumental tombs sometimes attached to a place of worship. Funerary space that appears in the Middle Ages, it differs from prehistoric burial field that is not home to monuments, … Read More

Funerary art
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(Poulnabrone dolmen in Ireland covers at least 22 bodies from the Neolithic period.) Funerary art is a form of art encompassing objects, paintings and sculptures related to death and generally to accompany the remains. Such objects may include the personal … Read More

Fallen Astronaut
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Artist: Paul Van Hoeydonck Year: 1971 Type: aluminium Dimensions: 8.5 cm (3.3 in) Location: Moon, Hadley Rille Fallen Astronaut is a small aluminum sculpture representing a stylized astronaut in a space suit. This statue, which measures about 8.5 cm high, … Read More

The Three Dead Kings
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Prior to the Danse macabre (which features Death taking with him a hierarchical medley live), The Three Dead Kings is in the form of painting, miniature, d of illumination or sculpture, three corpses addressing three young pedestrians (or three young … Read More

Angel of Grief
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Author: William Wetmore Story Date: 1894 Location: Protestant Cemetery in Rome, Italy The Angel of Grief is a monument built in 1894 by the American sculptor William Wetmore Story. It is situated on the grave of his wife Emelyn, in … Read More

Beata Beatrix, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti Year: c. 1864–1870 Type: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 86.4 cm × 66 cm (34 in × 26 in) Location: Tate Britain, London Beata Beatrix is an oil on canvas by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a Pre-Raphaelite painter, … Read More

The Kiss of Death
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Artist: Jaume Barba, or Joan Fontbernat Year: 1930 Type: Marble The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) is a marble sculpture, found in Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona. The … Read More

Rainer Maria Rilke, “Death”
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Before us great Death stands Our fate held close within his quiet hands. When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine To drink deep of the mystic shining cup And ecstasy through all our being leaps— Death bows his … Read More

The Death of Nelson
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Artist: Benjamin West Year: 1806 Type: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 182.5 cm × 247.5 cm (71.9 in × 97.4 in) Location: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool The Death of Nelson is a painting by the American artist Benjamin West dated 1806.

Jen Titus, “O Death”
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Jen Titus in the American television series Supernatural episode “Two Minutes to Midnight” (2010). O Death — also known as O, Death, Oh Death, and Conversations with Death — is a traditional American folk song. Its original author is unknown. … Read More

Stephen Crane, “God Lay Dead in Heaven”
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God lay dead in heaven; Angels sang the hymn of the end; Purple winds went moaning, Their wings drip-dripping With blood That fell upon the earth. It, groaning thing, Turned black and sank. Then from the far caverns Of dead … Read More

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