Info about the Memento Mori Motto
The popular Latin phrase or motto "Memento Mori" is used to encapsulate the beliefs, inspiration, interests or ideals of a person or a group of people.
The phrase "Memento Mori" has a tradition in art that dates back to antiquity and various images such as skulls as a symbol of death are used to remind people of their own mortality. Venetian painters in the 1700's created moral allegories for their patrons, and "memento mori" was used as a common theme.
It is also interesting to note that the Puritan in Colonial America used frequently depicted winged skulls and skeletons on tomb stones as a reminder to the living that everyone must eventually die.