Death and the Maiden (motif)

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Hans Baldung Grien, Der Tod und das Mädchen, 1517

Death and the Maiden was a common motif in Renaissance art, especially in painting and music. It developed from the Dance of Death, with an added erotic subtext. German artist Hans Baldung Grien depicted it several times in his paintings.

The motif was revived during the romantic era in the arts, a notable example being composer Franz Schubert's song "Der Tod und das Mädchen".

Selected versions[edit]

  • Painting: Deatha and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen) by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch (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)

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