Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bride, from the Dance of Death

Series/Portfolio:
Dance of Death, after Holbein
Etcher:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Artist:
After Hans Holbein the Younger (German, Augsburg 1497/98–1543 London)
Date:
1651
Medium:
Etching; second state of four
Dimensions:
Sheet: 3 1/16 × 2 5/16 in. (7.7 × 5.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.2132
Not on view
The bride's mother on the right hands the young woman a robe and chain, while Death fastens a collar of bones around her neck.
Inscription: 'HB. i' added at bottom center and 'WH' added at right, not by Hollar

Marking: Franz Josef II von Liechtenstein (1906-1989) . The Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased 17,000 prints from this collection between 1949 and 1962.
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Pennington 253 ii/iv; Hew Hollstein (Hollar Part IV) 1147 II/IV, from one of the later 18th century editions, without ornamental borders but before numbers and re-working
Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982.

Simon Turner Wenceslaus Hollar: New Hollstein German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, 1400-1700. Giulia Bartrum, vols. 1-9, 2009–2012.



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