I have dealt with this theme concerning paintings or engravings of medieval/renaissance and classic period a lot. Now lets see some photos with the same theme, in a more modern interpretation where eroticism and death coexist sometimes in a necrophilic mood. They have not only an erotic but also a derisive mood towards Death, in direct contrast with the classic and medieval memento mori that had a warning and instructive mood from the religious point of view. It could be said that these photos reverse completely the old fearful meaning of “memento mori” to a joyful interpretation that of the other famous latin quote “carpe diem”: Remember, life is sort, death as nonexistence awaits us all, so let’s seize the every moment of our life.
(Unfortunatelly I don't know the creators of the photos).
Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, Banks of the Loire in Moonlight - Private collection Date: 1911 Technique: Oil on canvas, 53.4 x 73 cm *Source*
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