Auction 104, Lot 659

"[Lot of 2 - Dance of Death]", Hollar, Wenceslaus

Subject: Miscellany

Period: 1816 (published)

Publication: The Dance of Death

Color: Hand Color

Size:
2.2 x 2.8 inches
5.6 x 7.1 cm

Two copperplate engravings from this fascinating work based upon Holbein's original 15th century designs. Wenceslaus Hollar, a Bohemian etcher, created the copper plates for the original publication in 1647. The plates then disappeared until the late 18th century, when several editions from the "newly discovered" plates began to appear. These are from an edition published by J. Coxhead. Although the traditional Dance of Death goes back to the Middle Ages, Hans Holbein altered the medieval concept to show the omnipresence and universality of death. These two plates (19 and 20 in the series) show Death fighting a Swiss Soldier on a field of battle, and the Advocate (attorney) with Death filling his hands with money that he won't be able to use. Includes the text descriptions of both plates.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/10/2003

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