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Gender perspective: A single image of Death in the form of a skeleton threatens the two lovers. The skeleton's skull is covered and has long hair, normally female attributes, while playing the violin, normally a male attribute, like the man with the…

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"This colored pen drawing presents a monument known as atransi tomb which gives two views of the body of the deceased. In this case in the compartment above the woman is beautifully dressed, reclining with her hands folded in prayer, and further…

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Tomb of Alice de la Pole, Duchess of Suffolk, at St. Mary's Church, Ewelme, Oxfordshire. The tomb has two sections: in the top section (left image) the duchess is lying fully dressed with a crown. In the bottom section (right image), the skeleton of…

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A woman on the left partially covers her face with a veil. Her eye and part of her right hand are not covered by the veil. The rest of her body is portrayed as a skeleton. A man on the right looks at her while holding his hat.Several traditions are…

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This vanitas plays with the confusion of naturalia and artificialia, deconstructing the markers of femininity alluded to the image. This is a fragment of an elegant woman presented as an object, a bizarre statue that emphasizes her breasts, which…

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These images appear on different sides of a single sheet of paper. The woman with the lower part of her body portrayed as a skeleton (second image) appears on a side of the paper. When folded over, one can see the same woman, and the half skeleton is…

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This painting portrays a skull surrounded by flowers, bubbles, and some insects. Some accent gold pieces, like a golden tiara, are also present in the painting.

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"A string of beads is used as a memory aid in the recitation of the rosary, a multipart devotion to the Virgin. Here, the striking terminal bead announces the constant proximity of death by joining a skull to the pair of vivacious lovers. Such an…

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"A woman, standing, divided vertically into two, the right side showing her in life, the left side showing her after her death, as a skeleton. The right side shows the pleasures of life: red ribbons in her powdered hair, jewellery, a bouquet in her…

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"Three living princes, on the left, encounter three corpses, on the right. Below is a Middle French poem describing the encounter." (Description from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts…
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