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Respice Finem [EOL in Art 2]

Respice Finem means consider the end.  Here is Saint Jerome in his study surrounded by objects symbolizing transience and death (Joos van Cleve, 1521).  Note the skulls, the snuffed out candle, and other symbols.

This predates the genre of memento mori, images that compelled contemplation of mortality. 

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