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The dance of death at Basel; skeletons playing the pipe and the drum to accompany the dance. Lithograph by 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

Basel : Hasler & C.ie, éditeurs lithogs.

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in grey and beige ; image 16.8 x 13.5 cm

Lettering

Oh Mensch betracht und nicht veracht, hie die Figur, all Creatur. Die nimmt der Tod früh und spot, gleichwie die Blum im Feld zergoht.

Publications note

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

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 30305i

Lettering note

Bears number top right : No. 1.

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Languages

  • German



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