Lovers Surprised by Death

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in 3 shades of brown on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in 3 shades of brown on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1510

Artist:

Hans Burgkmair the Elder
German, 1473-1531

About this artwork

Themes derived from the Dance of Death, a medieval allegory in which Death overcomes people of all ages and levels of society, pervaded German art in the late medieval and Renaissance periods. As the first true chiaroscuro woodcut, Hans Burgkmair's compelling depiction of lovers torn apart by death is a work of pivotal importance. It represents a major cognitive leap on the part of the artist, who was the first to compose an organic three-dimensional composition by juxtaposing and overprinting three tones added by three different wood blocks.

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Artist

Hans Burgkmair, the elder

Title

Lovers Surprised by Death

Origin

Germany

Date

1510

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut in 3 shades of brown on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

217 x 157 mm

Credit Line

Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

1997.306

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