BUFFALMACCO, Bounamico
(active 1315-1336)

Triumph of Death (detail)

1335-40
Fresco
Camposanto, Pisa

This expansive painting does not tell a coherent story. Rather it consists of many different scenes and exempla in which the contrast between the enjoyment of life and death, between embracing reality and fleeing from it, is shown very suggestively, without requiring that the pictures be read in a certain sequence.

At the bottom left part of the painting, in the foreground the encounter between an aristocratic hunting party and three corpses is depicted. This subject serves as a reminder of the transience of all earthly things.

The fresco, with its naturalistic details, shows direct influences of the Sienese masters, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.




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