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"Prepare for death and follow me."
February 24, 2008 7:30 AM   Subscribe

Over 400 classical images of Death [warning: embedded music]
posted by hermitosis (30 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome. Daddy's getting some new stationery.
posted by ColdChef at 7:42 AM on February 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


My four year old recognized the embedded music as a song that played during a particular Mickey Mouse cartoon. She ran across the house to hear it. Any idea what song it is?
posted by ColdChef at 7:47 AM on February 24, 2008


Oops. Nebbermind. I see it there.
posted by ColdChef at 7:47 AM on February 24, 2008


I couldn't find one of death next to a guy lying in bed with a laptop.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 7:48 AM on February 24, 2008


“I will walk the earth forever, and my hunger shall know no bounds”
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 8:02 AM on February 24, 2008


Man, that death sure can be a dick, huh?
posted by John of Michigan at 8:32 AM on February 24, 2008


You'd be to if you've been doing the same job with no paid on-call since the beginning of time.
posted by samsara at 8:54 AM on February 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


An old girlfriend would really have enjoyed this images.

*shudders*
posted by LarryC at 9:24 AM on February 24, 2008


apparently the poem is the inspiration for the orchestral piece I played in Jr. High.
the pictures are cool too, high five
posted by MNDZ at 9:27 AM on February 24, 2008


I should have listened to the tune first, it is danse macabre by camille saint saens, the very same from my junior high band.
posted by MNDZ at 9:41 AM on February 24, 2008


Huh. Just based on the URL, I thought this was going to be Tony Danza-related...

It ended up being much more cheerful.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 9:46 AM on February 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Surprising how many of the images were skeletons. Demons = scary. Skeletons, not so much.
posted by proj08 at 9:57 AM on February 24, 2008


Slow painful browser death
posted by chillmost at 10:09 AM on February 24, 2008


Yeah, this is really cool, but would it have killed the webpage author to break it into four pages? >50 megs on one page is a bit much.
posted by exlotuseater at 10:11 AM on February 24, 2008


My favorite theme in this artistic genre is women getting felt up by skeleton men.
posted by dgaicun at 10:24 AM on February 24, 2008


I was chattin it up with my old friend Yama the other day and he was like, "I really wish my horrifying entourage of ghouls and demons would stop taking those damn pics of me, or at least wait until I can save up for that new Estée Lauder pore minimizer."
posted by milarepa at 10:35 AM on February 24, 2008


dgaicun, I was just going to say something about how kinky some of these are.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 11:17 AM on February 24, 2008


Well, sex and death are the doors at opposite ends of the hallway we call life. It's not all that remarkable that more than one artist finds their conflation interesting.
posted by localroger at 12:22 PM on February 24, 2008


This is why I love the internets.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 12:25 PM on February 24, 2008


Great stuff. I wonder what's up with This one?
posted by Drexen at 12:25 PM on February 24, 2008


A great way to listen to one of my favorite pieces of music. Thanks.
posted by ikahime at 1:06 PM on February 24, 2008


Well worth a post, hermitosis, but... a bit mixed (not all pictures of Death), a bit random, a bit repetitive? I agree with proj that after you've seen 30 or so skeletons, the meh creeps in. The page is a bit like - hey, here's a ton of striking images, no context, no rationale, but your attention span wouldn't run to that anyway...
posted by Phanx at 2:29 PM on February 24, 2008


On the contrary, the barrage of imagery, however repetitive, really got me thinking about humans in those times and how arbitrary and sudden death must have been. Today we are spoiled with getting to know why and how more often than not, and so we feel entitled to see death coming. These people could see what we can't anymore-- that it is already here, always. And that this fact is tragic and horrible, but also humorous and tantalizingly mysterious, even erotic. Additional information would have been nice, but in my opinion the experience of confronting all these images produced its own immediate and visceral context.

But maybe that's just because I'm a marked man...
posted by hermitosis at 2:52 PM on February 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Phanx: "Well worth a post, hermitosis, but... a bit mixed (not all pictures of Death), a bit random, a bit repetitive? I agree with proj that after you've seen 30 or so skeletons, the meh creeps in."

It gets more interesting once you move on from the simple woodcuts into the more complex paintings. For example etc. and so on.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:18 PM on February 24, 2008


Well, sex and death are the doors at opposite ends of the hallway we call life. It's not all that remarkable that more than one artist finds their conflation interesting.

Something about Death's carnal embrace? What else could be as intimate?
posted by bwg at 4:33 PM on February 24, 2008


Ouch.
posted by XMLicious at 10:45 PM on February 24, 2008


Robert Hershey, of Hershey Chocolate fame, died when he fell into a vat of chocolate and drowned. Wonder if they used the chocolate anyway?
posted by Rancid Badger at 11:16 PM on February 24, 2008


I wonder what's up with This one?


Alfred Kubin was a little bit weird.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:34 PM on February 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


These are great, though it would have been nice to have more info on some of the images.

Cornell's library also has a great collection of images, featuring a section on Danse Macabre, and there is quite a bit of overlap. The other images in collection are worth checking out as well.
posted by kosher_jenny at 12:09 AM on February 25, 2008


Death: I USHERED SOULS INTO THE NEXT WORLD. I WAS THE GRAVE OF ALL HOPE. I WAS THE ULTIMATE REALITY. I WAS THE ASSASSIN AGAINST WHOM NO LOCK WOULD HOLD.

Job Broker: "Yes, point taken, but do you have any particular skills?"

- Death consults a job broker (Terry Pratchett, Mort)
posted by quin at 9:20 AM on February 25, 2008


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