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Title

Coat of arms with a skull

1503

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 - 05 Apr 1528

  • Details

    Other Titles
    (The coat of arms with a skull)
    (Coat-of-arms of vanitas)
    Alternative title
    Wappen mit dem Totenkopf
    Date
    1503
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Edition
    i of 2 states
    Dimensions
    21.8 x 15.9 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated lower c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]/ 1503".

    Credit
    Purchased 1963
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    DO9.1963
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Albrecht Dürer

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

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