Death’s Coat of Arms

Albrecht Dürer; Germany; 1503


In this stunning engraving, Dürer recast the theme of memento mori in a brilliantly unusual form. The woman in patrician dress is identified by her crown as a bride, but the person who embraces her from behind is a wild man. This traditional figure from German folklore is often present at weddings, but his shield, invisible to the young woman, reveals him to be a surrogate of Death. The angle of the skull on the shield is exactly that of the young woman’s head.


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Death's Coat of Arms

  • Print Size: 12"x16"
    Printed on Archival Vellum Paper
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