Original "Memento Mori" Skull Gothic painting by Lynnette Shelley
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"Memento Mori" by artist Lynnette Shelley is an original ONE OF A KIND painting featuring a fantastical garden scene complete with snake, moths and blackbirds. A Memento Mori comes from the Latin phrase meaning "remember (that you have) to die". It's a Medieval tradition of reflecting on death and the impermanence of life. Many artworks were painted as memento moris and used various symbols to convey the transience of life. In my painting I used the traditional memento mori symbol of the skull, as well as some other symbols, such as the snake, which in many cultures symbolizes the afterlife, transition, resurrection and / or rebirth. Likewise the moth is another death symbol, while the garden symbolizes fertility and life. I chose to use the humble blackbird for this picture to represent humanity. Here they are seemingly inquisitive, rather than fearful, of death.
The artwork is signed and dated on the reverse. It has been wired and is ready to hang. The painting was created with ink graphite, and acrylic on Ampersand Aquabord and has been varnished for protection and to enhance the color.
The painting itself measures 22 x 30 inches, and the sides of the wood panel have been painted silver.
This is a unique and striking artwork that is sure to enhance any room that it is in. If you have any questions about this piece, please contact me, the artist, at lynnette [!at] lynnetteshelley.com
Regarding shipping: it's sometimes hard to calculate shipping for larger artworks, especially if I do not know exactly where in the country they will be shipping. I put in an estimated shipping cost; however, if the artwork ends up costing less than what i estimated, I will paypal you the balance. Shipping costs include tracking and insurance.
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I will make every effort to insure that your artwork is packaged correctly and safely for posting; however, I do not take responsibility for items lost or damaged by the post office. If you would like to purchase insurance, let me know and this can be arranged for additional shipping cost.
Each of my original artworks are one of a kind, handmade items. As such, I do not offer refunds or exchanges on original artworks. If you purchased an artwork and feel that it was misrepresented in the listing, please contact me so that we can resolve the issue in a friendly manner. If you are unsure about an item, I ask that you please contact me beforehand with any questions.
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Each artwork represented is a unique one of a kind original. Every effort has been made to accurately represent each available work. Sometimes there is a reasonable range of color variance to be expected from computer monitor to monitor.
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