Double portrait

Double portrait
Basel's dance of death, Double portrait

Double portrait After 2 long sermons comes this double portrait at the end of the book.

Under the man are two Bible quotes in Latin and German: I am not as other men are (Luke 18:11) and I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing (first half of Revelation 3:17)

If you turn the page 180 degrees, the cadaver says: See, dear human, how I still have become nothing and didn't know it. But first of all there has been tampered with the Latin quote: ecce [=see, how] ad nihilum redactus", even if Psalm 73:22 is supposed to sound: ego [=I] ad nihilum redactus", and secondly the verse sounds quite differently in English (King James), So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. So there's a great difference depending on which Bible you use.

The cadaver continues: Alas, how wretched, how miserable I yet am. Poor, naked, blind and bare, and knew it not, which is a creative rewrite of the rest of Revelation 3:17 (the same verse that the man just quoted): and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.


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