Der Heyd

(The Heathen)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT31 SGC
Price: US$5.00

Image detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

Code: GS TT31 8x12
Price: US$30.00

Reproduction on 10x15" sheet

Code: GS TT31 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 Heathen, this illustration is associated traditionally with the text

shown below.



Death to the Heathen:

Come, deceitful dog and godless man,

Your idol cannot help you.

The Devil have you honoured as God,

He has heard your prayer.

The Heathen:

Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto,

You highest gods - please do not leave me.

Because you all three are immortal,

Saturn please have mercy.