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A male corpse is wrapped in linen and entombed while a funeral cortège proceeds into a church in the background. Etching with engraving by G. Spilberg after C. de Passe.
- Spilberg, Gabriel, active 1590-1620.
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Credit: A male corpse is wrapped in linen and entombed while a funeral cortège proceeds into a church in the background. Etching with engraving by G. Spilberg after C. de Passe. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark
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The scene in the background contrives to be an illustration of a dignified and appropriate funeral as part of the seven works of mercy
An elderly couple prays and mourns the deceased while two men bury the body. In the background monks of a brotherhood escort a coffin into a church
[Place of publication not identified] : Crispin de Passe.
1 print : etching, with engraving ; image 20.6 x 25.8 cm
Alter tu dulcem demisit pectore vitam ... Gabriel Spilb. inv. Crisp. d. pas. exc.
Wellcome Collection 44216i
The lettering is hortative, impressing the desideratum of a decent burial as part of the duties of mankind
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