Der Koch

(The Cook)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT33 SGC
Price: US$5.00

Image detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

Code: GS TT33 8x12
Price: US$30.00

Reproduction on 10x15" sheet

Code: GS TT33 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 Cook, this illustration is associated traditionally with the text shown




Death to the Cook:

Come here, Hans Cook, you must away,

How fat your are, you can hardly walk.

Even if you have boiled much sweet candy,

It will go sour for you now, you must away.

The Cook:

I have cooked many chickens, geese and fish,

For my master's table several times.

Wild-roast, pâté and marzipan,

Oh woe, my stomach, I must go away.