Description: Pencz (Georg, c.1500-1550) The Triumph of Death, one plate only (of six) from the suite 'The triumphs of Petrarch', engraving with light plate tone on laid paper, without watermark, [circa 1539], horizontal crease running along upper edge of lettered title, with some pen and ink additions to the, small restored hole in the pavilion upper left, light browning and exposure lines from mount, platemark: 150 x 206 mm. (5 7/8 x 8 1/8 in), sheet: 161 x 221 mm. (6 3/8 x 8 3/4 in) Provenance: Paul Davidsohn (1839-1924) [Lugt 654] Literature: Hollstein 101; Bartsch 121; Landau 120 ⁂ Petrarch's Trionfi or 'Triumphs' was a frequently illustrated and popular subject for artistic commissions, with the 14th century Italian allegorical poem describing a series of six victories: those of Love, Chastity, Death, Fame, Time, and Eternity. The current plate shows the Triumph of Death, who has triumphed over Love and Chastity; the subsequent image in the cycle illustrates Fame's triumph over Death, and in turn Time over Fame, before the cycle leads to the eventual and final triumph of Eternity, or rather God.
Notes: Category: Old Master Prints and Drawings
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