Wednesday, June 20, 2012

'Heaven, hell and dying well.' Medieval visions at the Getty

Master of the Chronique scandaleuse. French, about 1500
Tempera colors, ink, and gold on parchment

In "Denise Poncher before a Vision of Death," the young owner of the manuscript is shown kneeling with her prayer book before a terrifying spectacle: the walking corpse of Death and three of his victims. The image likely served to remind the viewer that Death could arrive at any time and that prayer could prepare one's soul.   ....

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