The roots of Memento Mori are planted deep within the history of the world as we know it. Perhaps those who have followed and written about the concept since its inception may sound familiar. The philosopher PLATO’s best known dialogue directly addresses the soul’s immortality and SOCRATES would regularly address the idea of the afterlife and its relation to a life well-lived. MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, often carried with her small reminders of her own mortality. The Puritan THOMAS SMITH, as well as the Mexican Day of the Dead tributes throughout history have referred Memento Mori as well. Writers CAMUS and SARTRE, too, have shared their own ideas about Memento Mori through their works. VAN GOGH, PICASSO, and DAMIEN HIRST have all expressed Memento Mori in their art.
YOU, too, can be in the company of those to whom Memento Mori means so much.