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A woman divided into two, representing life and death. Oil painting.


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A woman, standing, divided vertically into two, the right side showing her in life, the left side showing her after her death, as a skeleton. The right side shows the pleasures of life: red ribbons in her powdered hair, jewellery, a bouquet in her hand, the skirt hem decorated with a lace trim, a bed of flowers behind her. The left side shows death: she is holding a reaper's scythe, next to her are a dog-eared Bible and a broken candle, and in the background are cold and barren mountains

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 41.5 x 35.5 cm

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 45063i



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