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Memento Mori, Memento Mei: Albrecht Dürer And The Art Of Dying

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The account of Barbara Dürer’s stems from the so-called memorial book or "Gedenkbuch," a folio with writings and one illustration in Dürer’'s hand. The structure of Dürer’'s memorial folio is comparable to early modern texts described by their modern editors as "autobiographical". In sum, the memorial book represents a thematictemporal composite, lacking the stringency and boundedness associated with the term text in common parlance. It functioned as ledger and archive. A discussion of Dürer’s own death and what we know of it finally elucidate the emerging Protestant "art of dying". In Dürer's memorial book, Barbara Dürer’s agony becomes an occasion to review her life's course as a path of personal suffering. The memento Christi and the memento mei are frequently drawn together on the stages of suffering and loss. Albrecht Dürer died after a long illness at the age of fifty-six on April 6, 1528.

Keywords: Albrecht Dürer; Barbara Dürer’s; memento mei



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