Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) by matthughes

Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying)

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Added: Feb 17, 2004
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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.

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draigathar's picture

Amazing work, I'm so glad you posted a comment in my gallery - it led me to come check out your work and wow! I love what I see here! This is one of my favorites of yours.

queenofchaos's picture

Fantastic work

kizalon's picture

I'm speechless.. your tecnique with couloured pencils are superb! Every surface, skin, lighting, softness, just amazing =). I love your work! I like the wings of this one and sort of holding back feeling of poor Death. I've always thought She's the loneliest thing ever.

megaflow's picture

Hi! I just took the time to go through your entire gallery - very cool work. I'm impressed by both the technique and the aesthetics. Very inspiring!

Guest's picture

Just, I love your work its just so Beautiful!!!

Guest's picture

hey, this is so awesome!!! she looks EXACTLY like my vampire rpg character!!! this is so cool!!!

bobbykro's picture

beautiful !!

willow-whisp's picture

you did this in colored pencil...I can't believe it!Its really good!

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tshamby's picture

Bravo...i love the detailing on her wings.

jlwilliamson's picture

Impressive work. The fact that it's done in colored pencil is all the more blind-blowing. Really love this. Thanks.

matthughes's picture

Thanks! Waterhouse was the absolute best as far as I'm concerned. I'm certainly glad to hear my appreciation comes through in my work!

caitmf1's picture

ive never seen pencil used so closely to acrylics or oils; i see ur love of the romantiscists and of tadema and waterhouse;beautiful gallery;

Art at its best.