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Death and the standing nude woman; Death as a winged skeleton standing behind a nude whole-length female figure in frontal view, grabbing her wrists; an hourglass at r, a stone block at left. 1547
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Height: 73 millimetres
Width: 48 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM also has an impression of Copy D, see 1883,1110.484.
Text from Bartrum 1995
Literature: Bartsch, 150; Pauli, 151 I; Hollstein, p. 91.
While this has clear similarities with and the same inscription as Sebald's engraving of the 'Lady and Death' of 1541 (1891,1015.5), there are important distinctions which would have been recognised by the collectors of such prints. While 1891,1015.5 is clearly associated with a northern pictorial tradition, the reference here is to Italian art. The nude figure is of a classical type, also seen in Beham's engraving of 'Night' of 1548 (1920,1206.1), where a similar reference is intended. The winged figure of Death derives from Italian imagery and is seen in the engravings of Marcantonio Raimondi and his school (e.g. Bartsch, 184, 424-5).
Additional lit: Giulia Bartrum 'Edvard Munch: love and angst', London, 2019, pp. 60-62, no.17, and p.203.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995 Jun-Oct, BM, 'German Renaissance Prints, 1490-1550', no.106
2019 11 Apr - 21 Jul, London, BM, G35, Edvard Munch: love and angst
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