The Symbolism Of Death And Resurrection In Art
By examining which images people typically choose in memorial tattooing, as well as why people choose to commemorate loved ones through tattoos, human views of death are easily revealed. Through the practice of memorial tattooing, the necessity of humans to be connected with their lost loved ones in any way possible is apparent.
In regards to memorial tattooing, there are some symbols that are chosen more often than other symbols to commemorate those who have died. In Death and Resurrection in Art, Enrico De Pascale explores how death and resurrection are manifested in artwork. One concept that De Pascale focuses on is that of vanitas, which is artwork “…depicted in a figurative medium through symbolic objects that allude to the fleeting passage of time, the ephemeral nature of pleasure, the brevity of existence, the inevitability of death, and the origin and end of every human life” (De Pascale 99). It is interesting to note that even though the symbols associated with vanitas are meant to emphasize that life is ephemeral, such as flowers and footprints, people still choose to get those symbols tattooed in an