Art in Death Comes for the Archbishop

Artists mentioned Death Comes for the Archbishop include El Greco, Raphael, Titian, Jean-Georges Vibert, and Henri Fantin-Latour. If you own a copy of The Annotated Mona Lisa, study the work of these artists. If not, read about each one in an encyclopedia and look at the paintings on the page below. Think about the work of each painter in the context of Death Comes for the Archbishop. Why do you think Cather might have chosen to mention these particular artists?

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Self Portrait, c. 1860, Henri Fantin-Latour


An Elderly Gentleman, 1591-1599, El Greco


The Ripe Melon, date unknown, Jehan-Georges Vibert


Noli me tangere, c. 1514, Titian
Photo © The National Gallery, London


Self portrait, 1506, Raphael; Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Composers in Death Comes for the Archbishop