Death and Mortality
A vanitas is a type of still life painting that reminds the viewer about the fleeting nature of life through the use of symbolic objects. It illustrates the futility of earthly pleasures, the transient nature of life, and death's certainty.
The Dance of Death, also known as danse macabre, is an allegory describing the universality of death. Many artists have created their interpretation of The Dance of Death; each version comprises a series of separate images featuring a character from the social strata, from a king to a peddler.
A memento mori (Latin for 'remember that you must die') is an artistic or symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death.