Italian School Of The XVIIth Century, Entourage Of Jacopo Ligozzi (1550-1627) Macabre Memento Mori

Frédéric Coridon


17th century Italian school, 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 away by worms. It is seen from three quarters, placed on a closed book bound in red morocco. The latter is himself placed on a wooden table on the tray of which is fixed, using 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 “What I would like not to touch, This is my food, however disgusting it is!”.
On the back a second mention in ink refers to verse 24 of the Epistle to the Corinthians:
"But power of God and wisdom of God to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks."

Real memento mori, this painting is not intended to illustrate the harsh fate of the flesh but to underline the passage from life to death. The head, although detached from its body, still seems imbued with life. Eyes open, as if imploring the Divine, gaze at the sky. The knowledge acquired during life, symbolized by the book, is the necessary baggage to understand this passage and thus access eternal life.

Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

Condition Good condition
Width 21 cm
Height27 cm
5600 €

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