Death's Coat of Arms
Death’s Coat of Arms
Albrecht Dürer; Germany; 1503
In this stunning engraving, Dürer recast the theme of memento mori in a brilliantly unusual form. The woman in patrician dress is identified by her crown as a bride, but the person who embraces her from behind is a wild man. This traditional figure from German folklore is often present at weddings, but his shield, invisible to the young woman, reveals him to be a surrogate of Death. The angle of the skull on the shield is exactly that of the young woman’s head.
Runaway Rabbit Press
Plate Bonny Gregory © 2017
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Print Size: 12"x16"
Printed by hand; Woodblock Print
Block Printed on Archival Vellum Paper
Printed on a restored 1898 Chandler & Price Printing Press