Death and the Maiden (motif)

Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen in German) was a common motif in Renaissance art, especially painting and prints in Germany. The usual form shows just two figures, with a young woman being seized by a personification of Death, often shown as a skeleton. Variants may include other figures. It developed from the Danse Macabre with an added erotic subtext. The German artist Hans Baldung depicted it several times.[1]

The motif was revived during the romantic era in the arts, a notable example being Franz Schubert's song "Der Tod und das Mädchen", setting a poem by the German poet Matthias Claudius. Part of the piano part was re-used in Schubert's famous String Quartet No. 14, which is therefore also known by this title, in either English or German.[2]

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Hans Baldung, der Tod und das Mädchen

Hans Baldung Grien, 1509-11, Vienna

Hans Burgkmair the elder - Lovers Surprised by Death - Google Art Project

Hans Burgkmair, Lovers Surprised by Death, 1510

1520 Schwarz - Death and the Maiden anagoria

Boxwood carving by Hans Schwarz, c. 1520

Death and the Standing Nude

Small engraving by Barthel Beham, 1547

La jeune fille..Lévy Nancy 2718

Henri Lévy, 1900

Heinrich Hoerle Der Tod und das Mädchen c1919

Heinrich Hoerle, c. 1919

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Hans Baldung, Der Tod und das Mädchen, 1517

Selected versions

  • Painting: Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch I (1517)
  • Painting: Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Hans Baldung Grien (1517)
  • Engraving: Death and the Maiden (Døden og Piken) by Edvard Munch (1894)
  • Painting: Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Adolf Hering (1900) - the painting is part of a private collection, the location is unknown.
  • Painting: Death and the Maiden by Marianne Stokes (1900)
  • Painting: Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Egon Schiele (1915)
  • Drawing: Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Clara Siewert (1920s)
  • Drawing: Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Joseph Beuys (1959)

Notes

  1. ^ Le Mort dans l'Art
  2. ^ Le Mort dans l'Art

References

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden, a concept ultimately derived from the Medieval "Dance of Death", may refer to:

In visual art:

Death and the Maiden (motif), born of Renaissance art

Death and the Maiden painting by Hans Baldung

Death and the Maiden painting by Egon Schiele

Death and the Maiden sketch by Edvard Munch

Death and the Maiden painting by Pierre Puvis de ChavannesIn music:

"Death and the Maiden" (song), composed by Franz Schubert in 1817

Death and the Maiden Quartet, string quartet by Franz Schubert, composed in 1824

Death and the Maiden Ballet by Nikos Skalkottas, composed in 1938

"Death and the Maiden" (The Verlaines song)

"Death and the Maiden Retold", by The Imagined Village from their self-titled debut albumIn drama:

Death and the Maiden (play), by Ariel Dorfman

Death and the Maiden (film), adaptation by Roman Polanski

Prinzessinnendramen: Der Tod und das Mädchen I-V (Princess Dramas: Death and the Maiden I-V), five theatrical plays by Elfriede JelinekIn literature:

Death and the Maidens (book), a biography of Fanny Imlay

Death and the Maiden novel by Gladys Mitchell

Death and the Maiden short story by Ray Bradbury

Death and the Maiden novel by P. N. Elrod

Batman: Death and the Maidens, a graphic novel by Greg RuckaIn television:

"Death and the Maiden" (The Vampire Diaries), an episode of the television series The Vampire Diaries

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