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Themes in Art: Death
Can art help us understand death?

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Introduction

As long as humans have created art, they have used it to explore the event that unites us all: death. Every culture brings a unique approach to the topic—fear, celebration, even humor. Let's look at eight artworks from around the world for a peek into history's diverse approaches to death.

“Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.” — Marcus Aurelius

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