Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) by matthughes
Ars Moriendi (the mediaeval tradition of the art of dying). There are numerous cultural interpretations of Death or the act of dying, but all agree that death is a form of transformation. Perhaps it is even a rebirth of sorts. In this illustration, Death is depicted as a motherly "gate keeper" whose "cocoon" protects the spirits of those that pass on into the next world. She is not an evil entity but rather a protector that offers guidance. Without her guidance souls would be lost eternally.