How does art deal with death?One of the many ways that mankind copes with the tragedy and mystery of the hereafter is through its art. Whether offering advice, expressing grief, or postulating on the afterlife, all sorts of expression, from opera to contemporary best-sellers take on this daunting task with a variety of stances.
To place views of death in context, you can use our timeline. An annotated listing of major artistic movements in various disciplines and parts of the world is run parallel to writing and other forms of art as they pertained to death in a given time. Also worth visiting is the readings section of NPR's site about death in America.
You can also consider some portrayals in movies. Film, described by some as the climax as contemporary artistic expression through incorporation of music, word and image, has taken a variety of approaches to the issue, paralleling the diversity in basic philosophy.
This is an excellent site about requiems, a special type of music written for a mass on All Saint's Day. Some requiems can actually be found on our timeline, along with various other forms of music commemorating or dealing with death.
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