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The Triumph of Death, plate five from The Triumphs of Petrarch

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. 1539

Artist:

Georg Pencz
German, c. 1500-1550

About this artwork

The back of this impression of Georg Pencz’s Triumph of Death bears the signature, dated 1676, of Pierre Mariette II, an illustrious connoisseur and printseller who seems to have found the series to be a good investment. Mariette purchased at least one copy of the set before, as the British Museum now possesses both the Triumph of Love and The Triumph of Death signed by Mariette and dated 1666. This image itself is one of the most dramatic in the series, with a scythe-wielding skeleton embodying Death and a terrifying Hellmouth reminiscent of the work of Hieronymus Bosch opening in the distance.

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Artist

Georg Pencz

Title

The Triumph of Death, plate five from The Triumphs of Petrarch

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1534–1544

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

150 × 219 mm (plate/sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2548

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