Death: A Picture Album was published in 2012 by museum & gallery, The Wellcome Collection in London, UK. The book features a uniquely macabre collection of items related to death, which is being partially exhibited at The Wellcome Collection until February 24th, 2013. Richard Harris, who previously worked as a print dealer in Chicago, is the lucky owner of this fascinating array of items, which includes paintings, photographs, anatomical drawings, historical artifacts and scientific specimens from around the world.
|Untitled by Andy Warhol, 1987|
Featured in the book are an abundance of prints, paintings and other artworks from Harris' collection, from Renaissance vanitas to Japanese paintings; from Andy Warhol photographs to Dia de los Muertos folk artwork and much more. Alongside each picture is a short explanation, along with the date and artist, if known, which adds yet another element of interest to the book.
|Frolicking Skeletons by Kawanabe Kyosai, 1850-89|
Although the images are wonderful and would be a fantastic view for anyone who has a slightly morbid side, visiting the Wellcome Collection and seeing some of them in person would be even better!
|Head Games by Susan Hardy Brown|