Evelyn De Morgan (30 August 1855 – 2 May 1919) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter.
La Mort St Innocent, 1530 - From the Cemetery of the Innocents in Paris.
History: The statue, placed in a wooden hut in the center of the cemetery of the Innocents in Paris, will be deposited in the church of Saint-Gervais in June 1786. The cemetery was razed to the end of 1780. The statue will be moved to Notre Dame in 1788, and complemented by bronzed Deseine Louis Pierre (1749-1822) and then placed in the chapel of Harcourt.
Entering the Revolution will be assigned to the Museum of French Monuments until 1816 and then remain at the School of Fine Arts after the closure of the museum.
On his shield, a quatrain recalls:
“He is alive, as is full of art,
Nor strength to strength,
I do hit my dart,
In order to yawn to their pittance. “
Pic1: Death and the children
Pic2:Together in death
Pic3: Death by drowning
Pic4: Death in the desert
Pic5: Death by burning
Pic6: Death and the rider
Pic7: Death and the rake
Pic8: Death and the countess
Pic9: Death and the aviator
Pic10: Death by accident
Pic11: Death at sea
Pic12: Death and the warrior
(Source: HHU Düsseldorf)
Cimitero Monumentale, Milano
Death and Soap Bubbles, stucco relief, 18th century. Holy Sepulcher Chapel, Michelsberg Cloister, Bamberg
Homo bulla (”man is a bubble”), the metaphor of man as a beautiful but exquisitely fragile and transient bubble, dates back to the ancients.
Hensley “Allegory Of Time”
Edmund Blair-Leighton (1853-1922), “The Unknown Land”
"It was ancient Egyptians whose dead were always carried across a lake, to typify the embarkation of the parting soul for the voyage over the silent sea of Eternity to a new existence in the Unknown Land. In their adaptation of the idea of the Greeks added further details. But modern thought holds views on the mystery and meaning of Death different from the old, and Mr. Leighton’s picture expresses the change. A new element, tender & compassionate sympathy, has been brought into the fable that transforms and ennobles it. Gone are the old horror and despair."
EIn St Michael’s chapel, off the north transept of Westminster Abbey, is a remarkable monument commemorating Lady Elizabeth Nightingale. She was born in 1704, the eldest of three daughters of Washington Shirley, Earl Ferrers and Viscount Tamworth (d.1729) and his wife Mary. Her sisters were Selina, Countess of Huntingdon (d.1791 aged 83) and Mary, Viscountess Kilmorey who died in1784. On 24 June 1725 Elizabeth married Joseph Gascoigne (1695-1752), son of the Revd. Joseph Gascoigne, Vicar of Enfield in Middlesex. He assumed the surname of Nightingale on becoming heir to his kinsman Sir Robert Nightingale. Of their three sons, Washington, Joseph and Robert, only the first survived his father but then only by two years. She died on 17 August 1731 following a miscarriage caused by the shock of a violent flash of lightning.
Elizabeth and Joseph are buried in a vault in the north ambulatory nearby. The monument is by the sculptor Louis Francois Roubiliac. It depicts a skeleton of Death emerging from his prison to aim his deadly dart at the dying figure of Elizabeth above. She is held up by her husband who, in horror, tries to ward off the stroke of death. The idea for this image may have come from a dream that Elizabeth’s brother in law (the Earl of Huntingdon) had experienced when a skeleton had appeared at the foot of his bed, which then crept up under the bedclothes between husband and wife. The figure of Death has lost its lower jaw and the spear is a later wooden replacement. John Wesley called the monument one of the finest in the Abbey, saying ‘the marble seems to speak’. The famous American writer, Washington Irving, declared it ‘among the most renowned achievements of modern art’. It is said that one night a robber broke into the Church but was so horrified at seeing the figure of Death in the moonlight that he dropped his crowbar and fled in terror. The crowbar was displayed for many years beside the monument but it no longer remains.