Mirror of Literature,  10 (1827), 233–35.

Hans Holbein



Extract, Biography

Publications extracted:

Westminster Review


Representation, Death, Epidemiology, Disease

    Describes three paintings of the 'Dance of Death', two of which were painted shortly after outbreaks of plague. Refers one of them to the occurrence of plague at Basel in 1312, which 'destroyed above 11,000 people', observing that the artist probably 'availed himself of the impression which such a dreadful mortality must have made on the minds of all the surviving, to represent how inexorable death drags to the grave, in terrible sport, rich and poor, high and low, clergymen and laity' (235).

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