Maiden and the Death
Available as a print.
This artwork is inspired by a common motif in Renaissance art and Memento mori expression.
I used two female figures because in my mother tongue the word “death” is female.
The Maiden is depicted as a beautiful woman with flowers as symbols of life and youth. The closer the flowers are to the Death the less vitality stays in them. There’s also a branch of pomergranate which symbolises world’s unity in the multiplicity of its manifestations in Renaissance art.
The Moon between characters was inspired by a covered with stars skin on the Death. This character looks like someone from out of space beacuse a death as a condition is full of mystery and unexplored moments. The mysterious atmosphere is emphasised by smoke around the character’s figure. The bone hand refers to a traditinal death image.