My newest practice with uncials. The phrase is Latin for “in death a gateway to life.” Interestingly, the Roman god of doorways and passages is Janus (Latin pronounces j’s as i’s) and it is from him that we get the month of January. IMG_3214

I first saw the phrase as the title of a painting by Sir Joseph Noel Paton in an art book my mother had (below). I later used ‘mors ianua vitae, schatzi’ as the closing line for a poem I wrote called ‘My Love Lies Safely Dead.’ IMG_3270