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Death approaches a young woman

Death approaches a young woman

Albrecht Dürer (in circa 1510 -1520)

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In view of the composition and the ornamental frame, this drawing, which is sometimes attributed to Hans Süss von Kulmbach (circa 1480-1522), is probably a design for a stained-glass window. Death, portrayed as a half-decayed skeleton, offers an hourglass to a lady in a churchyard. An hourglass is a symbol of transience. She is prepared for death and draws strength from her Christian faith, symbolized by the rosary in her clasped hands.

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Title Death approaches a young woman
Material and technique Pen and black ink
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 145 mm
Height 163 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Albrecht Dürer
Accession number MB 249 (PK)
Credits From the estate of F.J.O. Boijmans, 1847
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1847
Creation date in circa 1510 -1520
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Internal exhibitions De Collectie Twee - wissel VI, Prenten & Tekeningen (2010)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Albrecht Dürer

Neurenberg 1471 - Neurenberg 1528

Albrecht Dürer received his first lessons from his father, who was a goldsmith. He subsequently became a pupil of the painter Michael Wohlgemut. Dürer...

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