{ feuilleton }

Avatar

• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


 

Die Arbeit des Todes by Ferdinand Barth

barth01.jpg

Another chance discovery from my recent research onslaught at the Internet Archive. Die Arbeit des Todes (The Work of Death, 1865) is a late example of the Danse Macabre by Ferdinand Barth (1842–1892) presented in book form via ink drawings and simple verses. The Germans had a flair for this theme, other notable examples being by Holbein the Younger, Michael Heinrich Rentz and Alfred Rethel. Barth follows the medieval template by showing a reaper figure paying a terminal visit to people of all ages, professions and stations in life. If the series lacks the reassurance given to earlier audiences that the high and mighty will also be ushered into the grave, there’s some grim humour in the plates that show Death offering a helping hand to unsuspecting victims.

barth02.jpg

barth03.jpg

barth04.jpg

barth05.jpg

barth06.jpg

barth07.jpg

barth08.jpg

barth09.jpg

barth10.jpg

barth11.jpg

barth12.jpg

barth13.jpg

barth14.jpg

barth15.jpg

barth16.jpg

barth17.jpg

barth18.jpg

barth19.jpg

barth20.jpg

barth21.jpg

barth22.jpg

barth23.jpg

barth24.jpg

barth25.jpg

barth26.jpg

barth27.jpg

barth28.jpg

Previously on { feuilleton }
Meyer’s Todtengessängen
Rentz’s Todentanz
Holbein’s Dance of Death
Alfred Rethel’s Totentanz
Vanitas paintings

 


 

Posted in {art}, {books}.

Tags: .

 


 


 

One comment or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

    gravatar

    Wow. The lettering of the title kind of blows my mind!

 




 

tracker

 


 

“feed your head”