“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.”
– William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Since the first funerary statues were placed in the first sepulchres, the ideas of death and the afterlife have always held a prominent place at the heart of the art world. An unlimited source of inspiration for artists, death remains the object of numerous rich illustrations, as various as they are mysterious. The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, the forever sleeping statues on medieval tombs, and the Romantic and Symbolist movements of the 19th century are all evidence of the incessant interest that fuels the creation of artworks featuring themes of death and what lies beyond it. In this work, Victoria Charles analyses how art has become, through the centuries, the reflection of these interrogations linked to mankind’s fate and the hereafter.

Victoria Charles • 9781844848270
265 x 317 mm/10.4 x 12.5 in • 256 pages
Hardcover with dust jacket

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