The dance of death / Hans Holbein ; with a commentary by Ulinka Rublack.

  • Holbein, Hans, 1497?-1543
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One of Holbein's first great triumphs, The Dance of Death is an incomparable sequence of tiny woodcuts showing the folly of human greed and pride, with each image packed with drama, wit and horror as a skeleton mocks and terrifies everyone from the emperor to a ploughman. Taking full advantage of the new literary culture of the early 16th century, The Dance of Death took an old medieval theme and made it new. This edition of The Dance of Death reproduces a complete set from the British Museum, with many details highlighted and examples of other works in this grisly field. Ulinka Rublack introduces the woodcuts with an essay on the late medieval danse macabre and the world Holbein lived in.


London : Penguin Classics, 2016.

Physical description

185 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references.


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    History of Medicine
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  • 9780141396828
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