Der blinde Mann

(The Blind Man)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT29 SGC
Price: US$5.00

Image detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

Code: GS TT29 8x12
Price: US$30.00

Reproduction on 10x15" sheet

Code: GS TT29 10x15
Price: US$50.00




This image carries no discernable monogram to support attribution to a particular artist, but in the context of the

appearance in a consolidated work related to Basle's "Dance of Death" and the style of the woodblock from which

the print derives, it is possible that the design is by Scharffenberg. At the very least, it is reasonable to attribute it to

a German artist productive during the mid-16th Century.


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

shown below.



Death to the Blind Man:

I cut you off from your guide,

Tread carefully or you will fall into the grave.

You poor, blind, old geezer,

In your miserable patched coat.

The Blind Man:

A blind man, a poor man,

Cannot win his mush and bread.

I cannot walk a step without my dog,

God be praised, that the hour is here.