How to Read Paintings: The Triumph of Death by Buonamico Buffalmacco

A monumental fresco that explores medieval beliefs in death and the afterlife

Triumph of Death (c. 1350) by Buonamico Buffalmacco. Fresco. Camposanto Monumentale (“monumental cemetery”), Pisa, Italy. Image Source Wikimedia Commons

The Camposanto in Pisa, Italy, is a fascinating place. Whilst so much attention is given to the famous “Leaning Tower”, only a short distance away is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in all of the world.