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Death : a graveside companion

Author: Joanna Ebenstein; Will Self; Richard Harris, (Collector)
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Death is the one inevitable fact of life. Throughout the centuries, humanity has sought to understand this sobering thought through art and ritual. The theme of memento mori informs medieval Danse Macabre, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Renaissance paintings of dissected corpses and "anatomical Eves," Gothic literature, funeral effigies, Halloween, and paintings of the Last Judgment. Deceased ancestors are celebrated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Illustrated works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Ebenstein; Will Self; Richard Harris, (Collector)
ISBN: 9780500519714 0500519714
OCLC Number: 975365743
Notes: "Featuring the Richard Harris Art Collection"--Front book cover.
"1,000 macabre illustrations"--Front book cover.
Description: 367 pages : colour illustrations, facsimiles ; 28 cm
Contents: Foreword by Will Self --
Introduction by Joanna Ebenstein --
The art of dying: Medusa and the power of the severed head / Laetitia Barbier --
Poe and the prathological sublime / Mark Dery --
THe nutshell studies of unexplained death / Bruce Goldfarb --
Examining the dead: Art, science and the changing conventions of anatomical representation / Michael Sappol --
Anatomy embellished in teh cabinet of Frederik Ruysch / Bert van de Roemer --
Anatomical expressionism / Eleanor Crook --
Memorializing the dead: Playing with dead faces / John Troyer --
The power of hair as human relic i mourning jewelry / Karen Bachmann --
The anatomy of holy transformation / Liselotte Hermes de Fonseca --
The personifcation of death: The dance of death / Kevin Pyle --
Eros and Thanatos / Lisa Downing --
Symbolizing death: Collecting death / Evan Michelson --
Death on ancient and present-day Mexico / Eva Aridjis --
Death as amusement: Playing dead --
a gruesome form of amusement / Mervyn Heard --
Theatre, death and the Grand Guignol / Mel Gordon --
Death-themed amusements / Joanna Ebenstein --
The dead after life: Art and afterlife: Ethelle Rossignol and Georgina Houghton / Mark Pilkington --
Holy spiritualism / Elizabeth Harper --
Spiritualism and photography / Shannon Taggart.
Other Titles: Graveside companion
Responsibility: edited by Joanna Ebenstein ; foreword by Will Self.

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