Monday, June 10, 2013

Tractatus Artis Bene Moriendi

In the early 15th century, a Dominican friar wrote the Tractatus Artis Bene Moriendi on the Art of Dying Well. This very popular work reminded the reader of the promise of Heaven, warned against despair and other sins, urged them to imitate Christ's life, and provided prayers and other procedures in caring for the dying. Fifty years later a shorter version appeared, excerpting portions of the original and illustrating them with woodcuts, as Lolino illustrated here with LEGO.

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