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The Dance of Death

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543), remembered today for his insightful portraits, was better known in his own time for his varied and extensive graphic works, the most celebrated of which was The Dance of Death. This work, from the woodblocks of collaborator Hans Lützelburger, was first published in book form in 1538.
The theme of the dance of death was a popular one of
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications (first published 1538)
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Joe
Aug 29, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
|Holbein's wood engravings begin with Death in the background as Adam and Eve fall. From this moment onwards, Death is forever present. Either you are led to your grave as he plays his drums, or you ascend during the Last Judgment.

Sometimes Death is seen as justice, denouncing greed and bribery, but it is important to remember that he is not selective. Death affects all classes, ages, and sexes. He also likes to play musical instruments whilst doing his job.

Some of my favourites:

The fool, as h
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Richard Smith
Oct 20, 2016 Richard Smith rated it it was amazing
This is a fine book. It's mainly Holbein's drawings given a page of each, but there's also clear text that provides the context and describes the drawings.

I've written a blog about it, arguing that it will be the prefect Christmas present:

https://richardswsmith.wordpress.com/...
Marie-pierre Stien
Aug 09, 2012 Marie-pierre Stien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
A lovely book of Holbein's woodcut.
Dan Vine
Mar 03, 2017 Dan Vine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, art
Commentary is good but it is hard to pair up images with commentary, especially as there are no page numbers on the images.
Mariana Orantes
Jul 14, 2012 Mariana Orantes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yo sé que estas ediciones baratas dan desconfianza, pero debo decir a su favor que es una buena edición. Es bilingüe y es edición facsimilar con los grabados de 1538. Además, la traducción es de José M. Tola, que originalmente salió en 1977 en una edición de Premiá y en su momento esa y una edición de Madrid (Erisa 1980), eran las únicas dos ediciones. Aunque la de Madrid su introducción no venía firmada y reproducía no la versión de 1538 sino la de 1758. Así que ésta es una edición confiable qu ...more
Pat
Dec 03, 2015 Pat rated it it was ok
Hans Holbein the Younger (Artist & Printmaker, German, circa 1498-1543)

41 very small woodcuts by Holbein. When will I learn? I expected to see full size artwork - as on the cover - throughout the book. Instead, 2x3" illos more like big postage stamps. And, of course, the text is in medieval French so you know I bought this solely for the artwork. The rating reflects my disappointment in the illo size: miniscule. Holbein's a master but break out your magnifying glass for this one. Bummer.
Peter Kolesnikov
Oct 17, 2012 Peter Kolesnikov rated it it was amazing
Cute poems and cute woodcuts by Holbein. A quick read.
S. M.
Jun 10, 2015 S. M. rated it really liked it
Interesting, but unfortunately the illustrations are relegated to just a tiny space per page.
Erwin
Fascinating leather bound limited edition with beautiful woodcut illustrations of one of Holbeins key works.
Mary
Aug 31, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Bravo Holbine
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