Italian school of the 17th century, entourage of Jacopo Ligozzi (1550-1627)
Macabre Memento Mori
Oil on panel
27 x 21,5 cm
This panel with irregular angles is painted with a decapitated head in decomposition, eaten by worms. It is seen from three quarters, placed on a closed book bound in red morocco. The latter is itself placed on a wooden table on which is fixed, with the help of red wax points, a piece of paper inscribed with the beginning of verse 7 of chapter 6 of the book of Job:
"quae prius tangere nolebat anima mea nunc prae angustia cibi mei sunt", Latin translation of "That which I would not touch, That is my food, however disgusting it may be!".
On the back a second mention in ink refers to verse 24 of the Epistle to the Corinthians:
"but the power of God and the wisdom of God for those who are called, both Jews and Greeks."
A real memento mori, this painting is not intended to illustrate the bitter fate of the flesh, but rather to underline the passage from life to death. The head, although detached from the body, still seems to be full of life. The eyes open, as if in imploration to the Divine, looks up to the sky. The knowledge acquired during the life, symbolized by the book, is the necessary baggage to apprehend this passage and thus to reach the eternal life.
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3 000 €