Auction 117, Lot 851

"[Lot of 2 - Dance of Death]", Anon.

Subject: Prints Miscellaneous

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6 x 9.7 inches
15.2 x 24.6 cm

The "Dance of Death" was originally a type of spectacular play performed in the Middle Ages. Epidemics, such as the Black Death, were so frequent and so destructive at that time that the subject became a popular theme for the engraver. Rentz's engravings are dramatic scenes enclosed in complex baroque frames.
No. 17 - Die Kayserin and No. 19 - Die Konigin. These scenes show two royal ladies, both being stalked by Death in the form of a bare skeleton; one as a bowing gallant, the other as the Grim Reaper with a scythe.


Condition: A

Excellent, dark impressions with delicate hand coloring. Some soil at margins.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/6/2006