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Disciplini Oratory (The Triumph of Death)

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The Middle Age was a time of uncertainty and pestilences, but art and aesthetics were important, too! ! All kids of messages were conveyed to the common people by means of images, so that even who could not read was able to understand. That’s why the Clusone’s “Disciplini” monks decided to commission these wonderful frescos representing the “Triumph of Death”.

 But who were these “Disciplini”? They belonged to a confraternity dealing with charity activities for the poorest ones, following a life strictly regulated by prayers and penitence, also practicing self-mortification. The monks were so worried about salvation that they decided to depict the Triumph of Death, a skeleton utterly indifferent to the richness and the power of kings, knights and popes: everybody is at His mercy, so everybody is encouraged to live and behave righteously, in preparation for the eternal life.

However, the beauty of this masterpiece decorating the walls of this religious building for the last five hundred years, which has been recently restored, has the power to enchant everyone. 


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The Middle Age was a time of uncertainty and pestilences, but art and aesthetics were important, too! ! All kids of messages were conveyed to the common people by means of images, so that even who could not read was able to understand. That’s why the Clusone’s “Disciplini” monks decided to commission these wonderful frescos representing the “Triumph of Death”.

 But who were these “Disciplini”? They belonged to a confraternity dealing with charity activities for the poorest ones, following a life strictly regulated by prayers and penitence, also practicing self-mortification. The monks were so worried about salvation that they decided to depict the Triumph of Death, a skeleton utterly indifferent to the richness and the power of kings, knights and popes: everybody is at His mercy, so everybody is encouraged to live and behave righteously, in preparation for the eternal life.

However, the beauty of this masterpiece decorating the walls of this religious building for the last five hundred years, which has been recently restored, has the power to enchant everyone.