Living and dead princes

c. 1310 - 1320

Living and dead Princes


  • Intro

    Stories in which terrifying meetings occur between the living and the dead became increasingly popular from the early 1300s. One common theme found in manuscripts, paintings and sculptures, was the story of three living princes who encounter three dead princes, shown as worm-eaten corpses. The dead princes warn the living that they will soon be just as grisly as the dead. The story reminds the reader that life in this world is short. Artists seem to have taken particular care to depict the dead as gruesomely as possible to create a startling contrast between the corpses and the elegant living princes.


    Shelfmark: Arundel 83 II f.127

Find out more about the Living and dead Princes Here

Explore more timeline content: