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Young Couple Threatened by Death (The Promenade)

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

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


c. 1498


Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

The foreboding, corpselike figure of Death with an hourglass appears in many Northern Renaissance prints; in this engraving, he peeks out from behind a tree, holding his hourglass aloft. Each image is a reminder that death strikes the young, the Christian, and the chivalric alike; no one outlasts or avoids death. There is an evident connection between death and sensuality in this image, underlined by the suggestively positioned and sized sword.


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Albrecht Dürer


Young Couple Threatened by Death (The Promenade)


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1498


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image/sheet: 19.6 × 12 cm (7 3/4 × 4 3/4 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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