Der Waldbruder

(The Hermit)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT21 SGC
Price: US$5.00

Image detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

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Reproduction on 10x15" sheet

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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 Hermit, this illustration is associated traditionally with the text

shown below.



Death to the Hermit:

Brother, come out of your retreat,

Stand still, I will relieve you of the lantern.

Therefore, prepare yourself for the travel with me,

With your white, long beard.


The Hermit:

I have for a long time carried,

A hairy dress, it does not help me now.

I am not safe in my retreat,

The time is up, my prayer is finished.