Memento Mori


Remember your death. Scroll down to read more about the Memento Mori devotion!


Original oil painting on a wood-backed linen panel. Printed on matte archival paper in a variety of sizes.

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Memento Mori – Remember your death. This is an ancient Catholic phrase, even used as a greeting between monks and nuns. Remember your death, remember that you will die.

It’s recorded that some Saints would have a human skull on their desks to remind themselves of their Earthly death and as a reminder that any moment can be our last – so do not waste your days.

In this still life, the skull rests on the black fabric and the rough hewn wood symbolic of our humanity and sin. The hourglass, out of time, reminds us that we will know not the day nor the hour of our death, but that it will be sooner than we expect.

But that is not the end.

In a dramatic contrast, the white box frames the scene. Heaven is always present; and our path to it: the Word of God.

Will we choose the black path of sin and death, or choose the golden path of eternal life in Heaven?


Beautiful 11″x14″, 8″x10″, or  5″x7″. I have a new print shop is making these prints and they are beautiful. Unlike my older prints, they are on matte archival paper, and for the moment, all will be drop shipped so it will arrive to you faster.

Printed on high quality 100% cotton paper on an ink pigment based inkjet printer, this print is of archival quality and as such will not fade or deteriorate even 100 years later.

Shipped in a rigid cardboard mailer with cardboard backing. Sealed in plastic sleeve.

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 1 in

5"x7", 8"x10", 11"x14"


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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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