Das Mahler

(The Painter)


Der Todten-Tantz

Illustrated by an unidentified Renaissance artist




Complete Image


Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: GS TT36 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.


It is noteworthy that the time and date of Klauber's death in 1578 is displayed in the plaque below his image.


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

shown below.



Death to the Painter:

Hans Hug Klauber, let the painting stand,

We will also leave from here now.

Your art, trouble and work does not help you,

Because it will happen to you like the others.

Even if you have portrayed me terribly,

You will soon have the same shape - with child and wife.

Always keep God in sight,

Throw the brush away, and also the straight edge.


The Painter:

My God, would you please stand by me,

Since I must also leave from here now.

My soul I commend to you hands,

When the hour comes for my end,

And Death drives out my soul.

Yet I hope the memory of me will stay,

As long as people are find of this work.

God save you, I am traveling away.