A late arrival

I genuinely looked for the most confusing image I can find and stumbled upon Dood overwint het Geloof. The picture depicts what I believe to be the grim reaper, collecting the soul of yet another victim. The concept of the soul leaving the body has always fascinated me. In Islam, it’s beloved that one sees the angel of death in his last few seconds of life as he comes to collect his soul to one day be returned and held accountable for his sins on the day of judgment. One thing I noticed right away in this picture by using my spherical point of view is the decay of the body, meaning that the body was there for a while, was the angel of death late? So I first recognize the view of religion, how did other religions make sense of what we can not explain for sure.

Unfortunately I was unable to fully confirm the religion of Brusati. Nonetheless, looking objectively as he does and immersing myself with those who may have witnessed that event I begin to analyze the background. Ironical I found an Islamic crescent on of the building, leading me to believe that this town may have been influenced by Islamic view. A truly astounding image reveals more about itself when you apply the knowledge you own integrated into a painting as if you where there!



4 thoughts on “A late arrival

  1. Looking for the most confusing image–a great research tactic! seriously–this is how you discover new perspectives. Speaking of perspectives, I think I can see two vanishing points here: one behind the skeleton, so we’re looking at him at his level, and the other on the horizon, so we’re looking slightly down at the woman’s body, from slightly below the skeleton. Is this related to what you called your spherical perspective? I love the detail that the body is already in decay, so Death must be late! What could that mean in a protestant context?


  2. Your point about connecting the drawing to religion and Islamic influence is very insightful. It is also interesting to wonder about why the body has already decayed when the angel of death arrived. Perhaps this fact has revealed the historical moment depicted by the drawing. There may be a lot of death at that time period, which can be caused by a plague or other unfortunate events. Additionally, this artist like the Dutch artists mentioned by Brusati, did not use the technique of “unified space organized around a central vanishing point”. (Pg. 917, Brusati). The angel of death and the dying women are on parallel lines.


  3. I really liked your parallels to religion, and you have a really good eye to be able to that the Islamic crescent is on that building, I would have completely missed it. The decay of the body is an interesting detail at one, and your comparison of the grim reaper being late made me think differently about the picture. The building to the right looks like it may be damaged, maybe there was a battle, maybe the grim reaper got overwhelmed?


  4. yhajeer6,

    Thank you for your great post and for drawing my attention to this very interesting work. Your reference to the grim reaper and Islamic symbolism really helped me better understand the artist’s intent.



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