The Inevitability of Death
Better Photography|February 2021
The tradition of memento mori, a literal translation of which is “remember that you must die” has its roots in 17th century Dutch paintings where objects, for instance, a skull, was used as a reminder of the inevitability of death. It existed long before the Victorian era, a time during which it became even more popular.
Conchita Fernandes

These artworks were specifically made with the intention to prompt viewers to consider their own mortality. This photograph, titled The Sands of Time by Thomas Richard Williams is a very early example of a visual depicting memento mori.

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