Death: A Self-portrait

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Death: A Self-portrait
From 'Death: A Self-Portrait' at the Wellcome Collection
This dead good exhibition features 300 ancient and modern artworks and artefacts exploring the iconography of death, all gathered together by Chicago-based print dealer Richard Harris. Works range from Inca skulls and a chandelier made from plaster casts of bones to rare prints by Rembrandt, Dürer and Goya.


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This was one of Time Outs banner promotions on its web page so I was a little dubious about it. I now believe that for one of Londons many free exhibitions this one is one of the best. As something that comes to us all, this subject and the reverance that many cultures hold it in, humbles me. The centerpiece plasticine head of Mondongo left me speachless. The inspiration for the piece and the execution were staggering.

Vey good exhibition. Well presented prints and art objects. Very interesting and certainly worth a visit!

Exquisite exhibition, have been back twice to enjoy it again. Such a wealth of images and objects, ranging from classical prints and paintings to fascinating vernacular objects from all sorts of different eras and cultures. Wellcome always have amazing exhibitions and the cafe and bookshop are also worth a visit in themselves!