This heraldic composition shows the figure of death accosting a young woman dressed in a Nuremberg bridal gown. The figure of death is disguised as wild man (a traditional figure of Germanic folklore) whose true identity is revealed by the skull on his shield. The helmet, with its soaring wings and elaborate tendrils, is a brilliant example of Dürer's virtuosity as an engraver of ornament.
(The coat of arms with a skull)
(Coat-of-arms of vanitas)
Wappen mit dem Totenkopf
i of 2 states
21.8 x 15.9 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated lower c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]/ 1503".
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1963, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Mar 1964–29 Mar 1964
German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006