Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
William Bouguereau. Equality before death. L'égalité devant la mort. (1848)
It is a haunting piece, the young male subject laying out beneath the angel of death, representing the personification of all man kind, reminding us both of the inevitability of our own death as the angel of death lays a shroud over us as if to close the curtain on our worldly existence, and that once we have passed away all that we stood for and have done with our lives on earth will be meaningless unless we have lived our lives to the full and not squandered and wasted what precious little time we have. No one knows how long we have got as the young male subject in this piece depicts. As a wise man once said "We are a long time dead so make the most of what little time we have"
The above account is my interpretation of the work and should in no way be taken as fact.
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