Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 99: Death in Art
This chapter is an attempt to highlight the theme of death as it has been portrayed in the visual media of art and photography. Birth and death, the beginning and end of life, have long been central themes in the mythology and art of all cultures. Death and dying are universal human experiences, no matter the historical era or cultural context, and those oriented toward visual representation have always attempted to articulate the experience of death in whatever medium was available. The subject of death has remained a constant throughout the ebb and flow ...