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Thank you Lorredan, another great image from you!
Here there is a picture of this triumph of Death in its entirety.
I have found on this German page a transcription of the texts on the fresco:

The Old and Poor on the left: POI CHE PROSPERTITA/ CIA LASCIATI OMORTE/ MEDICINA AOGNI PENA VIECI/ ADARE OMAI LULTIMA CENA, (since prosperity has left us, oh death, medicine for all suffering, come and give us our last supper)

Death: IO NON BRAMO SE NON DI SPEGNER VITA E CHI MI CHIAMA LE PIUVOLTE SCHIVO/ GIUNGENDO SPESSO A CHI MI TORCIE IL GRIFO (my only desire is to extinguish life, and I ignore those who invoke me many times, I often go to those who try to avoid me)

The two Young and Rich men on the right: QUANTE DOLCIE MONDO CHI SA PAGASSE / TU DICI BENVERO SE PROSPERITA DURASSE, (First man: this world is so sweet to those who enjoy it / Second man: you would say the truth, if prosperity could last)

Christ: O TU CHE LEGGI PON CHURA AI COLPI DI CHOSTEI CH OCISE ME CHESO SIGNIOR DI LEI. (you who read, take care of the strikes of this one: she killed me even if I am her lord)

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Thank you Marco for that investigation and posting the enlarged picture and words.
I have two queries as a result. In your translation Christ calls Death "She". I have never heard that before.
The pamphlet date I have for the execution of the work is 1382 and your site says much earlier 1330-1340,
I am wondering which one is correct?
It is a wonderfully modern painting for whichever date and the Horse's eyes make it look like a warhorse for sure.
~Lorredan
The Universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Eden Phillpotts

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Lorredan wrote:Thank you Marco for that investigation and posting the enlarged picture and words.
I have two queries as a result. In your translation Christ calls Death "She". I have never heard that before.
The pamphlet date I have for the execution of the work is 1382 and your site says much earlier 1330-1340,
I am wondering which one is correct?
It is a wonderfully modern painting for whichever date and the Horse's eyes make it look like a warhorse for sure.
~Lorredan
Hello Lorredan,
about the dates, I am afraid I cannot help, I don't have time to research the subject now. But the German site with the transcriptions also says "1351/1400".
Since "la morte" is feminine, in Italian art it is generally depicted as a woman. For instance in Petrarch's Triumph of Death she appears as "una donna involta in veste negra" ("a woman shrouded in a dress of black").

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Hi friends, :)

nice picture.

The arrow is related with the Black Death, which gave rise, or at least encouraged, the dance of death.

Its interesting the death of PMB has a bow and arround 1450-51 Milan and Pavia suffered great epidemics of plague.
When a man has a theory // Can’t keep his mind on nothing else (By Ross)

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I like this Triumph of Death a lot because of the inclusion of the Magician.

British Library, Harley 2953, f 20 (Triumph of Death). Psalter. Germany (S., Ausburg?), 1st half of the 16th century

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Triumph of Death from The art of dying by Girolamo Savonarola, Floroence c1495.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
T. S. Eliot
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