Image: 19.4 x 12 cm (7 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1953.139
Catalogue raisonné: Meder 83
Balancing an hourglass on his head, Death stalks this fashionable couple strolling in the countryside. When Dürer created this print, figures of Death were moral reminders that life was brief, and they were also associated with the dangers of carnal desire. The improper placement of the man’s sword betrays his dishonorable intentions, while the woman’s bonnet signifies her married status. Their liaison is not innocent, but one of sinful infidelity.
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