In Ictu Oculi (an allegory of death) Valdés Leal presents the triumph of the grim reaper, who sweeps into the picture as an imposing figure.
One skeletal foot stands on the globe, while the other stands on armaments, the trappings of office and insignia of power. Under his arm, he carries a coffin and in his hand a scythe. As his right hand snuffs out the life-light represented by the candle, he stares at the spectator from the very depths of his empty eye-sockets.
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