Dance of Death

Anonymous, German, 16th century

16th century
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, watercolor and gouache, with touches of gold
7 7/16 x 5 5/16 in. (18.9 x 13.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harry G. Sperling Fund, James A. and Maria R. Warth Gift, in memory of Anne and Peter Warth, and Bequest of Clifford A. Furst, by exchange, 1996.
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  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Verso, above unidentified coat of arms, in pen and brown ink: Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur/ Haec Scribebat Ioanno Theodosius/ Nervius suo charissimo socio
    (Trans.: "A true friend is revealed in uncertain times. Theodosius Nervius wrote this for his dear friend, Hans")
    Verso, bottom right corner, in graphite: 1996.70

    Marking: Recto, bottom right corner, unidentified collector's mark
    Verso, center, in pen and red ink, large rectangular frame
    Verso, inside rectangular frame, in pen and red ink, unidentified coat of arms

  • Provenance

    Jacob Theodor Cremer (Dutch, Santpoort 1902–1979 New York); Mak van Waay ; Sotheby's, AmsterdamNov. 17, 1980, no.34; Bernard Houthakker (born 1884, Amsterdam); Christie's, New YorkJan. 11, 1994, no.111

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 6, 1996–July 28, 1996.

  • References

    Sotheby's, Amsterdam Important Paintings and Drawings Collected by J. Theodor Cremer for the Cremer Trust. Sale catalogue. Amsterdam, November 17, 1980, cat. no. 34, fig. no. 34, pp. 27; 108, ill.

    Peter Fuhring Design Into Art: Drawings for Architecture and Ornament, The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection. London, 1989, cat. no. 1103, v. 2, p. 762, ill.

    Christie's, New York Drawings of Architecture and Ornament from the Lodewijk Houthakker Collection [Sale cat.: January 11, 1994]. New York, 1994, cat. no. 111, fig. no. 111, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum