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Corpse Collection

In the depths of human history, the concept of death has been a recurring theme

Background imageCorpse Collection: WILDE: SALOME. The Climax. Pen and ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

WILDE: SALOME. The Climax. Pen and ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

Background imageCorpse Collection: GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. Sir Gawain beheading the Green Knight

GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. Sir Gawain beheading the Green Knight. Manuscript illumination from Gawain and the Green Knight, English, 14th century

Background imageCorpse Collection: Battle Of Thermopylae

Battle Of Thermopylae
Persian archers kill the last of the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, August 480 BC. 300 Spartans, under King Leonidas I

Background imageCorpse Collection: French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday

French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793
DAVID: THE DEATH OF MARAT. French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793. Oil on canvas, 1793, by Jacques Louis David

Background imageCorpse Collection: BATTLE OF FRANKLIN, 1864. The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 30 November 1864

BATTLE OF FRANKLIN, 1864. The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 30 November 1864. Lithograph, 1891, by Kurz & Allison

Background imageCorpse Collection: BRUEGEL: TRIUMPH OF DEATH. Triumph of Death; tempera on panel, c1562, by Peter Bruegel the Elder

BRUEGEL: TRIUMPH OF DEATH. Triumph of Death; tempera on panel, c1562, by Peter Bruegel the Elder

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632. Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669). Found in the collection of the The Mauritshuis, The Hague

Background imageCorpse Collection: BEWICK: HANGED MAN. Wood engraving, early 19th century, by Thomas Bewick (1753-1828)

BEWICK: HANGED MAN. Wood engraving, early 19th century, by Thomas Bewick (1753-1828)

Background imageCorpse Collection: Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Creator: Henry Wallis

Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Creator: Henry Wallis
Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770) was an unsuccessful poet whose suicide became a symbol of blighted artistic genius

Background imageCorpse Collection: CARTOON: FRENCH WAR, 1798. Cinque-Tetes or the Paris Monster

CARTOON: FRENCH WAR, 1798. Cinque-Tetes or the Paris Monster: an American cartoon of 1798 on the XYZ Affair; the five-man Directory ruling France demands money at daggers point from the American

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513 (etching)

The Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513 (etching)
BEN208710 The Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513 (etching) by DAOErer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528); 19x24.5 cm; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: The Christian knight)

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044

The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044. Artist: Michelangelo Caravaggio
The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-1604. Mary of Clopas with her arms raised; Mary Magdalene with bowed head; Nicodemus grasps the legs of the dead Christ

Background imageCorpse Collection: KING DAVID (d. 973 B. C. ). King of Judah and Israel. David and Goliath (I Samuel 17: 49, 51)

KING DAVID (d. 973 B. C. ). King of Judah and Israel. David and Goliath (I Samuel 17: 49, 51)
KING DAVID (d. 973 B.C.). King of Judah and Israel. David and Goliath (I Samuel 17: 49, 51). Wood engraving after Gustave Dor

Background imageCorpse Collection: Female Initiation - 6

Female Initiation - 6
A candidate is initiated as Mistress of the Temple, lying on a supposed corpse and restoring him to life with the warmth of her body. Date: 1891

Background imageCorpse Collection: Schwatkas discovery of Franklin expedition grave, 1880

Schwatkas discovery of Franklin expedition grave, 1880
Grave of Franklin Expedition member Lt. John Irving found by Schwatkas American search party in Greenland, 1880. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageCorpse Collection: Rembrandts Dissection

Rembrandts Dissection
An anatomical demonstration

Background imageCorpse Collection: Join the red forces to get a better life, 1921. Artist: Vladimir Mayakovsky

Join the red forces to get a better life, 1921. Artist: Vladimir Mayakovsky
Join the red forces to get a better life, 1921

Background imageCorpse Collection: MARTYRDOM OF ST. DENIS. Last communion, and martyrdom of St. Denis (died c250 A

MARTYRDOM OF ST. DENIS. Last communion, and martyrdom of St. Denis (died c250 A.D.). Painting, c1398-1416, by Henri Bellechose

Background imageCorpse Collection: L Ame Vampire (engraving)

L Ame Vampire (engraving)
2783117 L Ame Vampire (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: L Ame Vampire. Illustration for Journal Des Voyages, 9 April 1893.); © Look and Learn

Background imageCorpse Collection: HINDU GODDESS: KALI. The Hindu goddess Kali, shown holding a bloody sword

HINDU GODDESS: KALI. The Hindu goddess Kali, shown holding a bloody sword and the head of a giant while she tramples her consort, Shiva. Wood engraving, American, 1849

Background imageCorpse Collection: Hecuba and Polydore

Hecuba and Polydore
She sees the corpse of her youngest son, Polydore, whom she had sent away supposedly to safety; coming on top of so many calamities, the sight sends her mad

Background imageCorpse Collection: Oh Whats That in the Hollow? (w / c on paper)

Oh Whats That in the Hollow? (w / c on paper)
RWS137238 Oh Whats That in the Hollow? (w/c on paper) by Hughes, Edward Robert (1851-1914); Trustees of the Royal Watercolour Society, London, UK; © Royal Watercolour Society

Background imageCorpse Collection: Burial of De Soto on the Mississippi

Burial of De Soto on the Mississippi
Spanish soldiers lower the wrapped body of Hernando De Soto into the Mississippi River. A soldier holds a torch as a priest reads from the Bible

Background imageCorpse Collection: Chasseurs a Cheval, (light cavalry), 1859. Artist: Auguste Raffet

Chasseurs a Cheval, (light cavalry), 1859. Artist: Auguste Raffet
Chasseurs a Cheval, (light cavalry), 1859. A depiction of French Military attire from the book Napoleon 1er et la Garde Imperiale, by Eugene Fieffe, 1859

Background imageCorpse Collection: DOUBLE DUEL. Line engraving, 19th century

DOUBLE DUEL. Line engraving, 19th century

Background imageCorpse Collection: London soles at rest (colour litho)

London soles at rest (colour litho)
8635628 London soles at rest (colour litho) by Anderson, Martin "Cynicus" (1854-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: London soles at rest)

Background imageCorpse Collection: Scene from, How the Black Death came to Bergen, AD 1348 (engraving)

Scene from, How the Black Death came to Bergen, AD 1348 (engraving)
8631368 Scene from, How the Black Death came to Bergen, AD 1348 (engraving) by Jacomb-Hood, George Percy (1857-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scene)

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Lamentation over the dead Christ, 1500. Creator: Juan de Flandes, the Elder

The Lamentation over the dead Christ, 1500. Creator: Juan de Flandes, the Elder
The Lamentation over the dead Christ, 1500

Background imageCorpse Collection: Christ's body carried to the Tomb, 1520. Creator: Hans Burgkmair, the Elder

Christ's body carried to the Tomb, 1520. Creator: Hans Burgkmair, the Elder
Christ's body carried to the Tomb, 1520

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Pietà, 1633. Creator: Jusepe de Ribera

The Pietà, 1633. Creator: Jusepe de Ribera
The Pieta, 1633

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Lamentation, 1510. Creator: Ulrich Apt the Elder

The Lamentation, 1510. Creator: Ulrich Apt the Elder
The Lamentation, 1510

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Holy Trinity, 1511. Creator: Albrecht Durer

The Holy Trinity, 1511. Creator: Albrecht Durer
The Holy Trinity, 1511

Background imageCorpse Collection: The Entombment, plate 11 from The Passion of Christ, 1596. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

The Entombment, plate 11 from The Passion of Christ, 1596. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
The Entombment, plate 11 from The Passion of Christ, 1596

Background imageCorpse Collection: Dead Christ With Joseph Of Arimathea And Nicodemus (Sepulcrum Christi), c1494-98. Creator: Perugino

Dead Christ With Joseph Of Arimathea And Nicodemus (Sepulcrum Christi), c1494-98. Creator: Perugino
Dead Christ With Joseph Of Arimathea And Nicodemus (Sepulcrum Christi), c1494-98. Joseph of Arimathea looks on contemplatively as a tearful Nicodemus supports Christ's lifeless body on a stone

Background imageCorpse Collection: Lamentation over the body of Christ, 1640 (oil on canvas)

Lamentation over the body of Christ, 1640 (oil on canvas)
8678361 Lamentation over the body of Christ, 1640 (oil on canvas) by Ferrari, Orazio de (1606-57); 267x168 cm; Church of S

Background imageCorpse Collection: The true picture of a shark, 1695-1703 (ink, paper)

The true picture of a shark, 1695-1703 (ink, paper)
7340650 The true picture of a shark, 1695-1703 (ink, paper) by Barlow, Edward (1639-1719); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCorpse Collection: Arctic tern and a wooden sextant found on Axel's Island, Spitsbergen, 20th century (watercolour)

Arctic tern and a wooden sextant found on Axel's Island, Spitsbergen, 20th century (watercolour)
7295533 Arctic tern and a wooden sextant found on Axel's Island, Spitsbergen, 20th century (watercolour) by Wyllie, William Lionel (1851-1931); 25.1x35.3 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCorpse Collection: Duke Charles insulting the Corpse of his Enemy Fleming (litho)

Duke Charles insulting the Corpse of his Enemy Fleming (litho)
8661094 Duke Charles insulting the Corpse of his Enemy Fleming (litho) by Edelfelt, Albert Gustaf Aristides (1854-1905) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCorpse Collection: A drunken brawl at an Irish wake in St. Giles slum. The Wake, or last appearance of Teddy O'Rafferty

A drunken brawl at an Irish wake in St. Giles slum. The Wake, or last appearance of Teddy O'Rafferty
FLO4619070 A drunken brawl at an Irish wake in St. Giles slum. The Wake, or last appearance of Teddy O'Rafferty, a scene in the Holy Land

Background imageCorpse Collection: Flayed human body revealing muscle system and tendons seen from the rear

Flayed human body revealing muscle system and tendons seen from the rear. Copperplate engraving by Robert Benard after
FLO4611562 Flayed human body revealing muscle system and tendons seen from the rear. Copperplate engraving by Robert Benard after an illustration by Bernhard Albinus from Denis Diderot's

Background imageCorpse Collection: Tragic death of Tipu Sultan, or Tipu Sahib, the Tiger of Mysore, 1799

Tragic death of Tipu Sultan, or Tipu Sahib, the Tiger of Mysore, 1799. From Schiavonetti's painting The Body of
FLO4623656 Tragic death of Tipu Sultan, or Tipu Sahib, the Tiger of Mysore, 1799. From Schiavonetti's painting The Body of Tipu Sultan Recognized by his Family

Background imageCorpse Collection: The first mourning, 1888 (oil on canvas)

The first mourning, 1888 (oil on canvas)
8724776 The first mourning, 1888 (oil on canvas) by Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

Background imageCorpse Collection: The raising of Lazarus, published c.1870 (litho)

The raising of Lazarus, published c.1870 (litho)
KW320834 The raising of Lazarus, published c.1870 (litho); Private Collection; (add.info.: engraved by S. Allen, from The National Illustrated Family Bible')

Background imageCorpse Collection: Thisbe takes the sword already reeking with the blood of Pyramus and plunges it into her own breast

Thisbe takes the sword already reeking with the blood of Pyramus and plunges it into her own breast
FLO4607810 Thisbe takes the sword already reeking with the blood of Pyramus and plunges it into her own breast. Copperplate engraving by W. Walker after an illustration by C

Background imageCorpse Collection: Bacchus transforms the Bacchantes into trees, guilty of having cut Orpheus corpse into pieces

Bacchus transforms the Bacchantes into trees, guilty of having cut Orpheus corpse into pieces
8683542 Bacchus transforms the Bacchantes into trees, guilty of having cut Orpheus corpse into pieces, 1650-52 (wall tempera painting) by Boulanger, Jean (1606-c.1680); Palazzo Ducale Estense

Background imageCorpse Collection: Andre Vesale discovers the origin of blood vessels, in Paris (engraving)

Andre Vesale discovers the origin of blood vessels, in Paris (engraving)
5944552 Andre Vesale discovers the origin of blood vessels, in Paris (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Engraving It was during his stay in Paris that Andr Vsale (1514 - 1564)

Background imageCorpse Collection: Flayed human body revealing muscle system and tendons seen from the front

Flayed human body revealing muscle system and tendons seen from the front
FLO4611548 Flayed human body revealing muscle system and tendons seen from the front. Copperplate engraving by Robert Benard after an illustration by Bernhard Albinus from Denis Diderot's

Background imageCorpse Collection: Elizabeth's I body laid out in state, pub. 1898 (litho)

Elizabeth's I body laid out in state, pub. 1898 (litho)
8646478 Elizabeth's I body laid out in state, pub. 1898 (litho) by Hatherell, William (1855-1928) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Elizabeth's body laid out in state)



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In the depths of human history, the concept of death has been a recurring theme. From ancient times to modern days, various forms and depictions have emerged, each carrying its own profound message. One such instance took place in 1963 when Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc set himself ablaze at an intersection in Saigon. His act of self-immolation was a powerful protest against President Ngo Dinh Diem's anti-Buddhist measures and his mistreatment of protestors. Malcolm Browne captured this haunting moment through his lens, immortalizing the monk's sacrifice for justice. Similarly, Hindu mythology portrays the goddess Kali as Chinnamasta standing on Kamadeva and Rati, symbolizing her dominance over desire and attachment. This 18th-century Indian painting showcases Kali's fierce nature while reminding us that even gods can conquer mortal desires. Moving to literature, Oscar Wilde's Salome captivated audiences with its dark themes. Aubrey Beardsley's pen and ink drawing captures the climax of this tragic tale where Salome demands John the Baptist's head on a silver platter – a chilling reminder that power often leads to gruesome consequences. The French Revolution brought forth another macabre event - Jean-Paul Marat being fatally stabbed by Charlotte Corday while he bathed. Jacques Louis David depicted this historical incident on canvas in 1793, forever capturing Marat as both martyr and revolutionary figure. Peter Bruegel the Elder painted "Triumph of Death, " showcasing skeletons dancing amidst chaos during medieval times. This eerie artwork serves as a reminder that death is inevitable for all living beings; it spares no one regardless of their status or wealth. Sir Gawain beheading the Green Knight is yet another depiction steeped in symbolism from Arthurian legend. The story challenges notions of honor and courage while exploring mortality’s grip on humanity—a timeless narrative still relevant today. History also witnessed brutal battles, such as the Battle of Franklin in 1864.