Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. public. Learn more.

The Triumph of Death

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1580/1600

Artist:

Johann Theodor de Bry (German, 1561-1623)
after Erhard Schön (German, 1491-1542)

About this artwork

Bry’s miniscule engraved frieze copies and reverses a much larger woodcut by Erhard Schön of 1532. It shows the sizable baggage trains that would have followed Landsknecht companies on their campaigns. The artist preserved every detailed element, incorporating the soldiers’ flamboyant outfits, their downtrodden wives and other camp followers, and exotic prisoners and their camel. Death brings up the rear on a pale, haggard horse, marking the end to all things.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Johann Theodor de Bry

Title

The Triumph of Death

Origin

Germany

Date

1581–1623

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

69 × 279 mm (plate); 78 × 288 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1930.2029

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/109164/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share