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Tailpiece vignette to chapter one.
Édouard de Beaumont, from Le Diable amoureux (The Devil in Love), by Jacques Cazotte, Paris, 1871.
Unknown artist, Il trionfo della morte (The Triumph of Death), 1446.
Palazzo Sclafani, Palermo, Italy.
Illustrator Chris Long on this amazing tombstone:
Here lies Austin Seeley Jr. who died in Arlington, U.S.A. in 1796. That’s him with wings in the centre. The heart symbol on his chest represents his soul and the birds represent its flight from the body. Those two hands show the soul’s ultimate destination and usually point upwards. But in Jr.’s case it looks like he’s staying put. Perhaps the cutter imagined he would want to haunt the local townsfolk, or maybe he had unfinished business…
This gravestone is so playful, the imagery could be straight off a greetings card from the 1950′s or the present day.
This blog shares the final (sometimes unfinished) artwork created by an artist before dying. (h/t Jeff D. Taylor)
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988). Riding with Death, 1988.
Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg – Chief Mourner (1785).