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"Death is Not the End"

  • Art, Painting
A black-and-white painting showing "The Last Judgment."
The Last Judgment; Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, Netherlandish, ca. 1450–1516; late 16th century / Philadelphia Museum of Art; John G. Johnson Collection. Artist: After Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Netherlandish, Breda (?) ca. 1525?1569 Brussels, Artist: Pieter van der Heyden, Netherlandish, ca. 1525?1569, Publisher: Hieronymus Cock, Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1510?1570 Antwerp, The Descent of Christ Into Limbo, ca. 1561, Engraving; first state of two, sheet: 9 1/16 x 11 7/16 in. (23 x 29 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926 (26.72.41)

Time Out says

A new exhibit at The Rubin Museum of Art opening this spring will explore the concept of death and the afterlife through the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. See 58 object spanning 12 centuries in this new show. 

"Death Is Not the End" features prints, oil paintings, bone ornaments, thangka paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and ritual objects, inviting "contemplation on the universal human condition of impermanence and the desire to continue to exist," as the museum described.

The exhibition focuses on three major themes: The Human Condition, or the shared understanding of our mortality in this world; States In-Between, or the concepts of limbo, purgatory, and bardo; and (After)life, focusing on resurrection, ideas of transformation, and heaven.

"Death Is Not the End" will be on view from March 17, 2023 through January 14, 2024.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan


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