Human Mortality

Book Title: Het Nieuwe Testament ons salichmaeckers Iesv Christi, mitsgaders d'epistelen : wt het Oude Testament, soo die door 't jaer in den dienst der h. kercke ghelesen worden. / Oversien ende verbetert na den laetsten Roomschen text, door den eerw. H. Henricus van den Leemputte, Licentiaet in de h. Godheyt. Verciert met veel schoone figueren, gesneden door Christoffel van Sichem, voor P.I.P.

Author: Leemputte, Henricus van den, 1588-1657

Image Title: Human Mortality

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Description: This image consists of two skeletons holding a scythe and an arrow. Above the skeletons are two Latin inscriptions, the first is MEMORARE NOVISSIMA TUA, a quotation from Ecclesiasticus 7:10 that means “be mindful of thy last end”. The second is SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI, or “thus passes the glory of the world”, possibly a quotation from Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ. In the middle of the image is a skull with serpents, and an hour-glass on top. At the bottom is a table with a cross. Underneath the table are a coffin and a skull and cross-bones. The monogram of the artist, Christoffel van Sichem (1546-1624), appears at the top in the middle portion of the image.

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