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    Dr. Paul Koudounaris is a professor of Baroque Art History in Los Angeles and has travelled the globe documenting and collecting momento mori and just plain weird shit. Though much of his collection of taxidermy, weird relics, bizarre paintings (some found, some commissioned), and curious antiques originate from flea markets, dodgy dealers and fellow collectors, many items are from his travels to the strangest regions in the world. Recently, the good doctor has been putting together a book about surviving charnel houses and bone-decorated chapels in Europe and South America, tentatively entitled Empire of Death (and will be released through Thames & Hudson later in 2011)

    Here's an article Paul wrote for FT in 2009 on the subject:



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