40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death Awaits All Equally
Philippe Lissac/Godong/Corbis

This Azulejo (a form of Portuguese or Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework) in Sao Francisco's church cloister illustrates that "death awaits all equally." Indeed, we see the Reaper as he invades a fortress of wealth and power in order to claim the life of a not-so-all-powerful king.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.