Taken from the preface of The Disputacione betwyx the Body and the Wormes, this image depicts a transi tomb, a tomb that contains two images of the deceased: a colourful effigy of a richly dressed woman, contrasted with her decomposing corpse below. Death here is the great leveller, her wealth and status in life do not mean anything once she is dead.
- Article by:
- Alixe Bovey
Images of the afterlife dominate illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and literature in the Middle Ages. Dr Alixe Bovey examines how ideas of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory impacted on everday life.