"Touch me not! For I am Red Death stalking abroad!"
-- Gaston Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera" // E. A. Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"
That quote is mainly what inspired this image. Also, a lot of inspiration was taken from the German productions of "Elisabeth," which tend to give a more classical interpretation of Death. (Based on a promotional picture from the Stuttgart version, actually.) Like I said on the WIP, it's der Tod from the musical crossed with traditional representations of Death. Hood, Robes, and Skull... with a twist.
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I considered adding some historical symbols of death in the image (ie- lanterns, bow and arrow (Medieval), hourglass), but decided it would be too much. I also looked into the scythe because I was curious... and I found only one historical image depicting death with a scythe- surprised? I was. ^_^ Most images were either Death and the Maiden iconography, Totentanz images, or "Triumphant Death" images (I actually found an awesome 19th century etching in this vein... but the name escapes me at the moment.) Anyway, enough babbling from me!
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Anyways, just a fun little piece. Took about 2 days to complete.
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