Memento Mori in Art

An Italian memento mori painting of the 17th century with distinctive dentistry.
A 16th-century Dutch memento mori that incorporates a message about salvation.
England in the 17th century was as likely as everywhere else in Europe to paint Vanitas paintings with obvious symbolism in them.
Once owned by Mary of Queen of Scots, this small silver skull concealed a watch inside.
Salvador Dali was always thinking about death, which he dealt with in this 1939 painting by incorporating a ballet dancer into the skull.
Japanese Buddhists tended to take a more light-hearted approach to death than the Christian West.
Another example of a playful Buddhist memento mori.
Damien Hirst created a diamond-encrusted skull that was for a while the world’s most expensive work of art.