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

Site Rationale Link
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"
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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