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LA's Getty Museum illustrates death in Middle Ages

June 10, 2012 • Entertainment


In this photo taken Tuesday, May 29, 2012, A detail of “The Beast Acheron,” a medieval miniature made of tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment, is displayed at the “Heaven, Hell and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages” exhibit at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In this miniature “The Beast Acheron,” attributed to french artist, Simon Marmion, Valenciennes, 1475, Tondal’s wandering soul observes the punishments meted out in Hell to the greedy. The illuminator has envisioned the entrance to Hell as the mouth of the beast Acheron, whose name derives from Greek mythology, referring to the river in Hades or Hell. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death and taxes may both be inevitable in this modern-day world of ours, yet it seems only death has had the ability to inspire great art in people since at least Medieval times.

So much so that life’s final curtain call, as seen through the brushes and pens of artists of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, is the subject of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s latest exhibition, “Heaven, Hell and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages.”

With paintings, drawings, parchment illustrations and works on stained glass, each of them intricately detailed and most of them stunningly colorful, the exhibition takes visitors on a tour of the final days of existence and straight into the afterlife.

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