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The Triumph of Death

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Johann Theodor de Bry (German, 1561-1623)
after Erhard Schön (German, 1491-1542)

About this artwork

Bry’s miniscule engraved frieze copies and reverses a much larger woodcut by Erhard Schön of 1532. It shows the sizable baggage trains that would have followed Landsknecht companies on their campaigns. The artist preserved every detailed element, incorporating the soldiers’ flamboyant outfits, their downtrodden wives and other camp followers, and exotic prisoners and their camel. Death brings up the rear on a pale, haggard horse, marking the end to all things.


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Johann Theodor de Bry


The Triumph of Death


Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 6.9 × 27.9 cm (2 3/4 × 11 in.); Sheet: 7.8 × 28.8 cm (3 1/8 × 11 3/8 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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