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Cadaver tombs

A cadaver tomb or transi (or "memento mori tomb", Latin for "reminder of death") is a type of gisant (recumbent effigy tomb) featuring an effigy in the macabre form of a decomposing corpse. The topos was particularly characteristic of the later Middle Ages. (wiki)

Connected Sites

  • Avignon At the Petit Palais - Cardinal Jean de La Grange "This transi is one of the earliest examples of the macabre genre current in Northern Europee at the end of the Middle Age" Link
  • Canterbury Canterbury Cathedral houses the well-known cadaver monument to Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury (1414-1443) (wiki)
  • Rome the tomb of Bishop Gonsalvi (1298) and that of Cardinal Gonsalvo (1299) (both located at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore) (wiki)
  • Vatican City Saint Peter's Basilica contains yet another [..], the tomb of Pope Innocent III. (wiki)

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