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The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:
The Memento Mori (Remember that you will die) or “Vanity,” an artistic reminder of the inevitability of Death, is believed to have originated in ancient Rome, with the advent of Christianity. However, as a pictorial genre, it became popular during the Renaissance and even more so during the 17th C., with the spread of the Counter-Reformation. Look at amazing examples of this disturbing genre and its well-known symbols. See how this moralizing Christian theme turned existentialist when embraced by the Romantic movement and, more surprisingly still, by Modernists (Cézanne, Picasso) and successive waves of the iconoclastic avant-gardes (Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst).