October 25, 2016
Nothing spookier than thinking about the inevitability of death! In the second episode of the Halloween season, the Babes examine reminders of death present in a wide range of art from Dutch vanitas symbolism, to the sugar skulls of Dia de los Muertos, to the formaldehyde-soaked works of Damien Hirst. Life is short, art is long my friends.
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