Death: A Picture Album - the exhibition catalogue from Wellcome Collection available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Death: A Picture Album

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A beautifully illustrated clothbound book, which accompanied an exhibition at London's Wellcome Collection, examines our enduring desire to make peace with death.

The book contains 38 carefully selected treasures from a unique collection devoted to our complex and contradictory attitudes towards death. Assembled by Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer from Chicago, the collection (now approaching 2000 objects) is spectacularly diverse, and includes art, historical artefacts, scientific specimens and ephemera from across the world. Rare artists prints are displayed together with anatomical illustrations and sentimental postcards, images of human remains join Renaissance vanitas paintings, and a range of contemporary artworks show that death remains a source of powerful inspiration for many artists working today.

A modern-day cabinet of curiosities, this book functions partly as the visual autobiography of one remarkable individual, at the same time providing us with an opportunity to examine our own feelings about mortality. Sometimes disturbing, occasionally macabre and often moving, these images provide a singular insight into the history of our eternal desire to make peace with death.

  • Author: Richard Harris
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Date published: November 2012
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0957028531
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 17.8 x 1.3 cm