"The Triumph of Death" is a famous painting by 16th century artist Pieter Breugel the Elder. It is a vast panorama depicting an army of skeletons killing the people. Key features of the painting are the army of skeletons holding up coffin lids as shields; skeleton dogs hunting the living; religious figures helpless in the face of death; and the blackened and ruined landscape. It is a chilling image, full of death and destruction.
This painting is probably Bruegel's "The Fall of the Rebel Angels". It depicts the rebel angels being flung from heaven down to a variety of hideous monsters. Despite its unpleasant subject matter, Bruegel's excellent use of colour makes this a rather beautiful painting.
Hieronymus Bosch was a 15th century artist famous for the heavy emphasis on religious and moral issues in his work. Many of his pieces depict the fate of the damned and the horrors of hell. This piece, "The Fall of the Damned into Hell," is a classic example.
Franceso Traini was a 14th century Italian artist. His work often focussed on death. "Il Trionfo della Morte" (above) depicts the Black Death. In the bottom lefthand corner, two corpses lie in coffins.
(some scholars attribute this work to Buonamico Buffalmacco)
Albrecht Dürer was a 16th century German painter and printmaker. His famous series of fifteen woodcuts, "Apocalypse", depicts scenes from the Bible's Book of Revelations. This image shows "The Revelation of St John: 4, The Four Riders of the Apocalypse."