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4-8-08 - HISTORY 211 The Sense of the Sacred Terms Ars...

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HISTORY 211 The Sense of the Sacred 4/8/08 Terms Ars Moriendi o Many cultural impacts from Black Death, changed people’s attitudes toward life and death o “Art of Dying” o By 14 th century, popular literary genre which tells people how to die o Proper death has all minutiae completely prepared o Inevitability of death undermines actual life Camposanto (Pisa) o Municipal burial ground Traini o Commissioned to make fresco for Pisa’s camposanto Triumph of Death o Traini’s fresco o Shows that everyone’s gonna die, even rich happy folk o Poor call out to death as liberation Guyot Marchant o French engraver Danse Macabre o Another death-related theme in medieval culture o Guyot Marchant’s danse macabre (copied from an earlier one) tells story of guys having fun who see corpses Transi Tomb o New type of tomb in late 14 th century o Both the living and dead are represented o Reminds everyone of what the living will inevitably become St. Denis o
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