Der Schultheitz

(The Judge)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT26 SGC
Price: US$5.00

Image detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

Code: GS TT26 8x12
Price: US$30.00

Reproduction on 10x15" sheet

Code: GS TT26 10x15
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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 Judge, this illustration is associated traditionally with the text

shown below.



Death to the Judge:

Mr Judge, up, for it is time,

That body and soul fight each other.

This I am playing for you on the lyre,

You may dance after this little melody.

The Judge:

I have attended diligently to my office.

I hope nobody has suffered injustice,

In court - the rich as well as the poor.

Oh God, have mercy upon me.