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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Rethel, Alfred; Reinid, R. (text)
Culture:German (1816-1859)
Title:Erstes Blatt [First Leaf] from the portfolio Auch ein Todtentanz [The Dance of Death]
Date Made:1848
Materials:Wood engraving on wove paper
Place Made:Europe
Measurements:sheet: 11 9/16 in x 16 3/16 in; 29.36875 cm x 41.11625 cm; image: 9 13/16 in x 12 11/16 in; 24.92375 cm x 32.22625 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1991.4.723.2
Credit Line:Bequest of Helene Brosseau Black (Class of 1931)

one of portfolio of 6 woodcuts and descriptive running text in rhyming verse, beginning on intro/title page and ending on endpiece
A woodcut image fills most of the page. To the left a skeleton coms out of the ground and a broken cross lays at his feet. A woman standing in the center hands the skeleton a sword while a woman slightly behind her to the left lifts a hat above its head and furthey behind them two men stand on either side of a horse. To the right of the group is a third woman with her face masked and a scales in her hand. She points to a female figure sitting in a portico like sculpture in the background blindfolded with hands bound behind her. All the figures in the foreground have birds' feet.

deaths; revolutions; social commentary

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