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Composite rotting head of a monk representing an allegory of iconoclasm; the head emerges from a rocky outcropping, infested with little figures who swarm over it; a diabolical mass is being conducted inside the gaping mouth, and on the pate sits a figure of the pope enthroned beneath a canopy with indulgences pinned up on the staves; various rituals and processions take place and are labelled with letters; in the foreground Protestant iconoclasts are clearing up bits of altarpieces, religious sculptures, sundry vanities and other church paraphernalia and tipping them into a fire
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Height: 435 millimetres
Width: 315 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Eleanor A. Saunders, 'A Commentary on Iconoclasm in Several Print Series by Maarten van Heemskerch' Simiolus 1979 (10: 2), fig. 2;
F. Carey (ed.), 'The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come', exh. cat., BM, London 1999, pp. 112-114; Joseph Koerner, The Reformation of the Image (London, Reaktion, 2004) fig. 50, p. 112.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 Sep-Dec, Amsterdam, Rijkmuseum, 'William of Orange'
1995 Feb-Mar, Kamakura, Museum of Modern Art, Disguised Vision
1995 Mar-Apr, Koriyama City Museum, Disguised Vision
1998, Aug-Dec, Bruges, Memlingmuseum,'Bruges et la Renaissance' no.158
2002 May-Sep, Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst, Iconoclash...
2004-2005 Oct-Jan, London, Hayward Gallery, Art of Illusion
2009 Apr-Jul, Paris, Grand Palas, La Double Image...
2017 20 Jun-24 Sep, Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, Giuseppe Arcimboldo
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