Ilustrated collection of French drawings, £15.00
Height: 316.000 mm
Width: 319.000 mm
PD 1868-6-12-469 (Robert-Dumesnil 39)
Prints and Drawings
Jean Morin, Memento Mori (The Skull), an etching after Philippe de Champaigne
France, about AD 1650
A Memento Mori is literally a 'reminder of death'. The clock symbolizes the remorseless passage of time. The flowers in the vase remind us of the brevity of physical beauty (one petal has already fallen). The skull predicts our own appearance in the near future. The Christian theme that our short lives in this world are but a preparation for eternal life in the next was well established in European art.
as an etcher was chiefly directed to reproducing painted portraits.
His distinctive use of
Many of his prints, like this one, were made after paintings of Philippe de Champaigne, who achieved a success with his portraits of the royalty and nobility of France, comparable to the fame won by his contemporary van Dyck in England. In middle age he was drawn to an austere form of piety, reflected in this Memento Mori. The original painting is lost.