Friday, 7 June 2013

Ars moriendi

The tombstone of Joaquín Navarro, the librarian to the Knights Hospitaller, or Order of St. John, Knights of Malta. It is in the St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta.

Joaquin Navarro, the Knights Hospitaller

The polychrome marble inlaid floor is one of the many baroque splendours of the Co-Cathedral, the former conventual church of the Knight Hospitallers.

Spread over the grand floor of the church, the rich designs, colours, textures and exquisite veining of 383 marble ledger stones create the effect of a painting. The Co-Cathedral is lavishly paved with the finely crafted tombstones of high-ranking Knights of the Order of St. John, who lived and died in Malta during the Order’s reign over the island from the 16th to the 18th century.

Philippe de Champagne. Still-Life with a Skull, vanitas painting, 1670s

Carpe diem! Memento mori! Ars moriendi!

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