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The dance of death at Basel: death and the lady. Lithograph by G. Danzer after H. Hess.

  • Hess, Hieronymus, 1799-1850.
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Description

These lithographs are derived from the dance of death frescos painted on the walls of the churchyard of the Dominican cloister in Basel. Executed between 1437 and 1441, these frescos were often altered and were finally removed in 1805 when damages could not be restored. Some of the wall fragments are preserved in the history museum in Basel

Publication/Creation

Bâle [Basel] : Albert Sattler, Editeur.

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed with beige background ; image 17.1 x 12.9 cm

Lettering

Der Tod zur Edelfrau. Vom Adel Frau lasst euer Pflanzen, ihr müsset jetzt hie mit mir tanzen: ich schon nicht euers geelen Haar, was seht ihr in den Spiegel klar? Antwort der Edelfrau; O Angst und Noth! wie ist mir b'schehen? Den Tod hab ich im Spiegel g'sehen; mich hat erschreckt sein greulich G'stalt, dass mir das Herz im Leib ist kalt.

References note

S. Cosacchi, Makabertanz; Der Totentanz in Kunst, Poesie und Brauchtum des Mittelalters, Meisenheim am Glan 1965, pp. 759-764, pp. 816-817

Lettering note

Lettering incomplete
Bears number top right : No. 19.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 30356i

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  • German


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