“THOU ART MORTAL”

The 16th century meets 21st century: Pablo Garcia makes temporary tattoos of memento mori skull, a la Hans Holbein the Younger’s 1533 oil painting “The Ambassadors.” A reminder of mortality, Garcia encourages us to place the skull image on our index finger and point at others (and ourselves), bringing the anamorphic skull to life in proper proportions.
Plus, “they’re easy to apply and easy to take off; they’re temporary. Just like you.”

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Hans Holbein the Younger, “The Ambassadors” (1533), oil on oak (via National Gallery/Wikimedia) (via Hyperallergic)
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Detail of the skull when viewed from an angle in “The Ambassadors” (1533) (via Thomas Shahan/Wikimedia) (via Hyperallergic)

via Hyperallergic
article by Allison Meier, March 21, 2016


 

This post, both a paraphrase and celebration of the Hyperallergic article and its contents, is also featured on Jo’s Art Historical Curiosities tumblr blog. The title is derived from a statement in which Pablo Garcia explained the concept of the temporary tattoo, quoted on Allison Meier’s article.

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