The Dance of Death (Paperback)

The Dance of Death By Hans Holbein, Ulinka Rublack (Commentaries by) Cover Image
By Hans Holbein, Ulinka Rublack (Commentaries by)
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An invaluable new reproduction of Holbein’s woodcuts of The Dance of Death
One of Hans Holbein’s first great triumphs, The Dance of Death is an incomparable sequence of tiny woodcuts showing the folly of human greed and pride. Each image is packed with drama, wit, and horror, as a skeleton mocks and terrifies everyone from the emperor to a ploughman. Taking full advantage of the new literary culture of the early sixteenth century, The Dance of Death took an old medieval theme and made it new.
This edition reproduces a complete set from the British Museum, with many details highlighted and examples of other works in this grisly field included. Ulinka Rublack introduces the woodcuts with a remarkable essay on the late medieval Danse Macabre (the Dance of Death) and the world Holbein lived in.
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About the Author

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543) was one of the greatest portraitists of the sixteenth century. His paintings of monarchs, noblemen, and merchants have left an incomparably vivid picture of an era.
Ulinka Rublack (introducer) is a professor of early modern history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St. John’s College. Her books include Reformation Europe, Dressing Up: Renaissance Cultural Identity in Europe, and The Astronomer and the Witch. She is the editor, with Maria Hayward, of The First Book of Fashion.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141396828
ISBN-10: 0141396822
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English