Hans Holbein: Dance of Death (circa 1526)

In 1538, Hans Holbein the Younger published Dance of Death, a work of art that redefined its own genre. In Holbein’s work, Death intervenes directly in scenes of everyday life. Paris’ dance of death had dominated the genre in the late Middle-Ages; from 1538 on the work of Holbein became the ultimate reference. The series of 41 wood engravings was created around 1526 and published 12 years later in Basle. Holbein lived at the time of the Reformation and peasants’ rebellions (1524, south of present day Germany). His humanistic beliefs show through in his work, in which Death is turned into a dispenser of justice, denouncing greediness and the abuse of power.

Found at: http://lamortdanslart.com/danse/Manuscrit/Holbein/dd_holbein.htm and accessed on 16/01/2012.


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