The Dance of Death, Guesτbοοk

Name: Mads
Country: Ireland
Date: 2023-08-25 13:58:06

Hiya Martin. I just want to say your website has been the biggest help. I am currently finishing up my dissertaion for my masters in medieval studies and I'm writing it on the medieval culture of death and dying in relation to the plague. For my dissertation I analyze paintings and poems as case studies and your site has offered invaluable help for the Lübeck Dance of Death. I just wanted to sy that I owe my dissertation to you, thank you so much.

Name: Guido
Date: 2023-06-21 08:17:17

Hi Martin,
I’ve had this website bookmarked for ages to visit every now and then. It had been a few years since my last one, and all I can say is how glad I am Death hasn’t caught with it yet!
Thanks for your effort in cataloguing and keeping up all of this information, this site is a treasure.

Name: Thy Grief
Date: 2023-06-09 16:24:41


I am Thy Grief, a linocut artist. Recently I've finished my own series of copies / re-interpretations of Hans Holbein's dance of death, all carved on lino and printed by hand. Since your website is about different dances of death, including Holbein's, and you post various editions of it, maybe you would be interested to take a look at my edition?

Thy Grief

That it no less than amazing. I went to your instagram profile, and I can see that not only have you copied the motives meticulously, but you have also copied each and every line.

Normally, a copier wouldn't care about the exact number of lines in a shading, so I wonder if you have used some kind of photocopying to transfer the image before cutting? How large are your plates?

Name: pigeon
Country: AUS
Date: 2023-05-22 10:51:46

ohmygosh thankyou so much for this site !! im a student, currently studying art motifs and allegories - the dance macabre, and this is really helpful, thankyou so much (T^T) such an interesting subject, humanity is so complex and art is such a beautiful way of expressing it. thankyou for compiling all of this, this insight will stick around in my head for along time to come i think.

Name: Asya
Country: Israel
Date: 2023-04-13 07:01:42

Thank you so much for this site! I am a student, and your amazing site is so helpful in my studies, it is very informative and made so well! Lots of thanks to you and best wishes!

Name: Diego Loukota
Country: United States - California
Date: 2022-12-21 16:56:20

Dear Martin (if I may),

I have long been a fan of, but I had not signed your guestbook, so let this be the occasion to congratulate you on your astonishing repository. I am in Paris and just visited the Musée Carnavalet, where I had the chance to take a closeup photo of the representation of the dance of death in Jacob Grimer's painting of the cimitière des innocents. My closeup is better than the image made available by the museum. You can see there clearly—or as much as the tiny scale allows—four of the living dancers and five of the dead:
The Carnavalet has a whole small room devoted to the cimitière des innocents, and I took many other interesting closeups of the painting as well as of the representations of the exhumation and demolition of the complex. If you are interested please contact me at

With my best wishes,

Diego Loukota

Dear Diego

That is indeed a great photo. The image offered by the museum is good (3.030 × 3.679 if you press "Télécharger"), but your image is more detailed and much, much clearer. I wonder if the painting has been restored in the mean time?

I am always interested (sometimes even obsessively) in images of the St. Innocents, so I would certainly be interested in seeing your other photos.

Name: Loren
Country: United States
Date: 2022-12-05 06:11:22

Hey, thank you so much for putting this together! I used some of the info here in a school report and cited you in it. excited to read through the rest!

Name: Adam Wagner
Country: Danmark
Date: 2022-11-10 15:01:52

Tak for at have lagt dette ud. Det er en meget fin og gennemarbejdet side, som jeg (blandt andre kilder) gjorde brug af, da jeg selv skulle lave denne lille dokumentarfilm om Dødedansen i Nørre Alslev kirke:

Name: Nick
Country: USA
Date: 2021-09-11 02:25:08

Incredible site, a diamond from the sky.

Having a ball absorbing all this carefully-preserved knowledge and stunning art.

Thanks for putting this together Martin. What a joy.

Name: Alejandro Barrios
Country: Mexico
Date: 2021-07-14 04:17:51

Your website is awesome!

Greetings from a literature student in Mexico.

Name: eric
Country: united states
Date: 2021-05-17 19:03:56

this website is amazing!! thank you for all your hard work and for preserving so much amazing art!! this site is the best!

i also wanted to ask if there is a way to contact you? i'm not sure if the emails listed on this site are working? (I've sent three to the gmail address with no reply and one to the webmaster address that was returned saying the email doesnt exist?)

thanks again! keep up the great work!

Hi Eric

I have received one email from you 2½ hours ago. I just haven't had time to check my mail before now.
I have also received your mail via LinkedIn.

I will reply to your mail now. I have replied to your mail now.


Name: Michael Pienaar
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 2021-05-06 10:51:19

A great big thanks to Martin Hagstrøm for his in-depth research, and very informative and entertaining website. There is still quite a lot here that I haven't explored yet, so the dans will swing on. I am personally very greayful for the digital transcriptions of the Poppy Press text as it appears in the original editions without any modernisation to the spelling. To the author, I most admire your effort in keeping Death alive.

Name: giuseppe
Country: Italia
Date: 2021-05-05 21:48:56


I have become a MANIAC collector of DEATH DANCE books and engravings. l Dr. Martin Hagstrom always very available to provide advice and bibliographic information thanks to his immense work.

Name: Andreas Bergkvist
Country: Danmark
Date: 2021-02-08 23:24:18

Som en den der skrev sit navn på en væg i Pompeji
Som en der malede en hest i en hule med sin hånd
skriver jeg en ydmyg hilsen til eftertiden
den første i 2021, forhåbentligt ikke den sidste!

Name: Linda
Country: Danmark
Date: 2020-12-02 21:24:04

Og her troede jeg at jeg var den eneste med denne særinteresse. Føler mig en lille smule mindre som palle alene i verden.

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