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The Dance of Death

Anonymous, German, 16th century
16th century
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, watercolor, gouache, gold paint
7 7/16 × 5 3/8 in. (18.9 × 13.6 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
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Verso: at top, inscribed "Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur.", and at bottom, inscribed "Haec scribebat Ioannes Theodosius / Neruius suo charissimo socio" in pen and brown ink (sixteenth-century handwriting; "a true friend is revealed in uncertain times. Ioannes Theodosius Nervius wrote this for his dear friend"); at center, in a rectangle drawn in red ink, an unidentified coat of arms, probably a counterproof of an engraving

Marking: At lower right, the collector's mark of Lodewijk Houthakker (Lugt 3893)
Jacob Theodor Cremer (Dutch, Santpoort 1902–1979 New York); his sale, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, November 17, 1980, lot 34; Lodewijk Arnold Houthakker (Dutch, 1926–2008); his sale, Christie's, New York, January 11, 1994, lot 111
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 6, 1996–July 28, 1996.

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.

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