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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., Judging from the composition and the decorative border, this drawing, which has also been attributed to Hans Süss von Kulmbach (ca. 1480-1522), was probably a design for a small stained-glass window. In a churchyard, death offers a young lady an hourglass, a symbol of mortality. She is prepared for her end, and puts her faith in Christianity, as symbolised by the rosary in her 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 Tekenaar: Albrecht Dürer
Accession number MB 249 (PK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: F.J.O. Boijmans 1847
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1847
Age artist Between 34 and 44 years old
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
De Collectie Twee - wissel VI, Prenten & Tekeningen (2010)
Material
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Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Neurenberg 1471 - Neurenberg 1528

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