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The Dance of Death: The Fight Is Over and Death Is Seen Seated, Enthroned on Ruins Composed of Rubble and the Dead

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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The accompanying text in German reads, 'Der Kampf ist aus, -der Vollmond scheint auf's Schlachtgefild, wo Freund und Feind vereinigt ruh'n im Todesbann,- auf Trümērn thront der Sensenmann: 'Habt Acht, ihr Fürsten, habet Acht! Dein Erzfeind liefert solche Schlacht, nicht eurem Volk, das in die Hand euch Szepter gab und Kron' und Land! Zum Bundsgenossen nahmt ihr mich, ihr Thoren!- Euer Herr war ich!- Ihr thatet nur, was ich befahl, durch Eures Soldknechts Mörderstahl!!'

Wellcome Collection



pencil on tracing paper


H 25.4 x W 33.8 cm

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Acquisition method

presumed to be part of the collection formed by Henry S. Wellcome

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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