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Hans Holbein den yngre och dödsdansen: en ikonologisk analys av tre träsnitt
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Hans Holbein the younger and the dance of death : an iconological analysis of three woodcuts (English)
Abstract [en]

Something happened in the minds of man after the Black Death ravished through most of Europe in the 14th century. Images depicting Death in the guise of a skeleton interacting and having dialogues with living people whom would become his victims start showing up, the earliest we know of is the mural in the cemetary of Les Saints Innocentsin Paris, created between 1424 and 1425. These images are called Danse Macabre and they are an allegory of the universality of death and that death unites us all, no matter what social status you have.

Hans Holbein the younger is arguably the artist who is most known for his Danse Macabre woodcuts, which were created between 1523 and 1526 in Basel with the help of woodcutter Hans Lutzelbürger. My purpose with this essay has been to present three of Holbeins woodcuts which I have then examined thoroughly with the help of Erwin Panofskys method of iconographic and iconologic analysis. My study has shown that Holbeins woodcuts differ from its predecessors, the reason for this is among other things that the dialogue between Death and his (or her) victims is no where to be found, instead I am suggesting that these woodcuts should be called Danse Macabre Nouveau.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Hans Holbein the younger, Danse Macabre, Images of Death, Woodcuts, The Pope, The Nun, Expulsion from Paradise. Medieval time, Renaissance
Keyword [sv]
Hans Holbein den yngre, träsnitt, Bilder och illustrerade aspekter av döden, dödsdansen, medeltiden
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-215756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-215756DiVA: diva2:688395
Educational program
Freestanding course
Available from: 2015-02-05 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2015-02-05Bibliographically approved

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