nihtegale:

Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) c. 1470
"The Ars Moriendi was the most popular and broadly circulated of all the block books, dealing with a subject never far from one’s thoughts - the hopes and fears of the living. During a period when successive plagues decimated cities, kings and nobles, rich and poor, worried about the hereafter and its possible rewards or punishments. The illustrations in the Ars Moriendi showed angels protecting the good, and demons torturing the sinner.
This book was almost a necessity, for the clergy, overworked as it was, did not always arrive in time to offer solace to the dying. Through the study of this book, man was instructed in how to meet Death and how to avoid the temptations - Impatience, Pride, Avarice, etc. The final scene is one of triumph, for at the hour of death all temptations have been resisted. The enraged demons acknowledge their impotence and fly off to try again at another bedside.”
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blackpaint20:

Ernst Fuchs, Dancing with Death, 1983
"In the dance  of death I can show two entirely different bodies: the skeletal, seemingly lifeless and the living, in motion… "- Ernst Fuchs 
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blackpaint20:

wondrousbutstrange:

Vlad Tepes.

Vlad III overseeing an impalements while eating dinner in a woodblock image.
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blackpaint20:

The Exorcism of Jeanne Fery
WITCHCRAFT. Buisseret, François, Archbishop of Cambrai (1549-1615)
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blackpaint20:

Death seizing a woman while Time walks away on crutches; a proof before lettering along the top. 
c.1635 Engraving
by Francesco Curti
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aheronn:

Jacob de Gheyn II
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magictransistor:

Baccio Baldini (after Botticelli), Inferno I, c. 1481.
25th Aug 201420:0491 notes
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dictionnaire-infernal:

Agostino Musi, “The Carcass (The Witches Procession).” c. 1520–1527
25th Aug 201416:42157 notes
1910-again:

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Tomb of Nero from the Grotteschi (Grotesques) c.1748
24th Aug 201419:3343 notes
Opaque  by  andbamnan