Professors Pick with Rebecca Gibson on Memento Mori


Location: Snite Museum of Art (View on


The tradition of memento mori, which translates as “remember, you will die,” is a beautiful use of both literal and symbolic depictions of death, dying, and the dead, often used by those of various Christian faiths to maintain a sense of propriety. Join Professor Gibson as she takes a closer look at a memento mori skull in the collection and discover how a symbol of death is supposed to bring joy and peace. 

After her in-gallery talk, we will continue the conversation over lunch in the Museum’s atrium. 

This program is sponsored by the Snite Museum Student Programming Committee (SPC). 

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