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Stephen Perkinson

Stephen Perkinson is Professor of Art History at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He is the author of The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe.

“I am as you shall be”

Death, it has been remarked, is the one element of human existence that exceeds our empirical capacities, lying beyond our ability to achieve comprehension through personal experience. Our knowledge of death can only be derived indirectly—by observation of the deaths, real or imagined, of others.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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