Die Aeptitzin

(The Abbess)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT20 SGC
Price: US$5.00

Image detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

Code: GS TT20 8x12
Price: US$30.00

Reproduction on 10x15" sheet

Code: GS TT20 10x15
Price: US$50.00




This image carries the monogram "D.R." - a monogram that is noted by Bartsch, but otherwise not linked with a

named artist or woodcutter of the German Renaissance. On the basis of the appearance in a consolidated work

related to Basle's "Dance of Death", the Bartsch reference and the style of the woodblock from which the print

derives, it is reasonable to suggest that it was likely to have been prepared originally by a German artist during the

earlier portion of the 16th Century.


Depicting the exchange between Death and the Abbess, this illustration is associated traditionally with the text

shown below.



Death to the Abbess:

Gracious Mrs Abess, pure lady,

How come you have such a little belly?

Still, I will not hold that against you,

I would sooner bit myself on the finger.


The Abbess:

I have read from the Psalter,

In the choir and in front of the altar.

Now no praying will avail me,

I too must her step after Death.