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It's been a big week in art... with Jim Pavlidis

It's been a strange week on and off the sporting field, with the hot talking points being not about what was actually happening but what was missing.

In London a death certificate was issued for murder suspect and British peer Lord Lucan who hasn't been seen since 1974, while the cricket world was rocked by the non-decision by player-of-the-year David Warner not to seek an LBW review.

And with less than seven weeks until the footy season kicks off, the hype around Richmond should be defeaning, considering the Tigers made the past three finals series. Sadly there is no buzz, no doubts a result of those early September exits.

A popular theme of 15th century artists was Danse Macabre, or the Dance of Death, a meditation on the ephemeral nature of human existence.

Lucas Cranach's depiction is particulary bleak, with Hell seemingly being the only afterlife option available.

It will surely be the Tiges' only option should they fail again in spring.

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