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The Gamesters and Death, from The Dance of Death

A work made of etching in black on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1651

Artist:

Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, 1607-1677)
after Hans Holbein the younger (German, c.1497-1543)

About this artwork

Hans Holbein’s famous Dance of Death woodcut series of 1538 (augmented in 1545) illustrated the medieval trope of the inescapability of mortality, regardless of one’s social rank or piety. These later etched copies by Hollar (1920.2251 and 1920.2259) capture the flavor of the original, showing a Landsknecht at two customary activities: hoisting his two-handed sword on the battlefield and gambling indoors. The fact that the soldier’s opponent in both cases is Death personified does not bode well for his chances.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Wenceslaus Hollar

Title

The Gamesters and Death, from The Dance of Death

Origin

Bohemia

Date

Made 1651

Medium

Etching in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

73 × 53 mm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2259

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