Arnold Bocklin - The Plague, 1898
Tempera on wood, 105.1 x 149.8 cm (3' 5.38" x 4' 10.98")
Medieval image of the plague era, death with a scythe striking down villagers. Bocklin's stark image seems as a celebration of the power of death, either implying a Christian imagery of a Death Angel, or as a full-on deification of death as a powerful god image, or even as a blind avenger (note the darkened eye sockets).
Bocklin's focus on death as an emblem denoting power is referenced more directly in his own Self Portrait with death playing the violin, 1872
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