Young Couple Threatened by Death (The Promenade)

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

Date:

c. 1498

Artist:

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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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Young Couple Threatened by Death (The Promenade)

Origin

Germany

Date

1498

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

196 × 120 mm (image/sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.933

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