Philip Galle, Triumph of Death, 1565
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(via kvalalosti, in-circles)
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Bookplate of Richard Wedel, from a manuscript collection of magic, alchemy and natural philosophy entitled Sextus Sapientiae: Liber Versus ac Genuinus (BSB Kiesewetteriana 1 d)
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The Triumph of Death over Time
Georg Pencz, German, c. 1500 - 1550
Made in Germany, Europe
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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A Fitting Reward for the Most Satanic Pope and his Cardinals (1545)
This woodcut tells the reader what the pope deserves as a reward for his deeds, and shows the pope and three cardinals being executed by hanging. Two cardinals have their hats dangling from their bodies; devils carry off their souls, while an executioner nails their tongues, which have been cut off for telling falsehoods, to the gallows. The sheet contains some of the same allusions as “De Ortu et Origine Monachorum” (see below), but formally is based on the Schandbrief, or “letter of insult,” a common custom among the German nobility, which aimed at gaining revenge for unredressed grievances. Such letters of insult heaped abuse upon the enemy, and were often accompanied by Schandbilder, images that were designed to insult, which showed the person under assult suffering death by dishonorable means — through hanging, for example, or dismemberment, or disembowelment. Here, the text reads: “If the pope and cardinals were / To be justly punished here on earth / Their slanders would merit / What you see depicted here.”
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The prince who kept the world in awe,The judge whose dictate fix’d the law;The rich, the poor, the great, the small,Are levell’d; death confounds ‘em all.
Frontispiece from an early 16th century (?) English version of the Ars Moriendi.
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Francisco de Goya - A Procession of Flagellants. 1813
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"Mutus Liber" The wordless book, in which nevertheless the whole of Hermetic Philosophy is set forth in hieroglyphic figures, sacred to God the merciful, thrice best and greatest, and dedicated to the sons of the art only, the name of the author being Altus.
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Opaque  by  andbamnan