Portrait of a Man/ A Skull in the Niche – by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

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Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche
By Barthel Bruyn the Elder [German 1493- 1555]
1535-55 / Oil on panel..

This painted memento mori recreates a scene that was not uncommon in European churches. Officials collected bones of the dead from earlier burials and gathered them together in rooms to make space for new burials. Seeing skulls in slightly different stages of decay, as depected on the two sides of the panel, would not have been unheard of.

 

 

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche - by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche – by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche - by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche – by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

 

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche - by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche – by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

 

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche - by Barthel Bruyn the Elder<br />

Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche – by Barthel Bruyn the Elder

 

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