Imago Mortis on Dia de los Muertos

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There may not be a better image to share on Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead than “Imago Mortis,” a woodcut found in this Library’s 1493 copy of Liber Chronicarum, a.k.a.the Nuremberg Chronicle. This woodcut, and many others in this amazing book, is credited to Michael Wolgemut and can be found in the “Seventh Age” on the recto side of leaf CCLXIIII. Although one cannot call it a true danse macabre (as there would living along with the dead), the dead figures do appear to be dancing to music and having a jolly good time too!

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