The Queen

Holbein Proofs, Queen
Basel's dance of death: The Fool
Basel's dance of death: The Fool
AC (Allaert Claesz) 1562
Claesz 2

D eath comes to the queen — disguised as a court jester — and drags her away. One of her men is trying to defend her by holding on to her arm and pushing Death away.

The image of Death as a jester was later used, when the dance of death in Basel was renovated - probably in 1568. The picture to the left shows how Death in Basel comes to fetch the jester. Death's attire and posture has been copied from Holbein.

The naked, withered branches that protrude from the tree indicate the queen's fate. Allaert Claesz (picture to the right) has replaced the tree with a broken, hollow stump.

Variations: Birckmann removes the tree with the withered branches; instead he draws a pointed mountain in the background. Hollar and Deuchar copy Birckmann.

Various Artists

Holbein Proofs (1526)
Holbein Proofs 1526: Queen
Holbein (1538)
Holbein 1538: Queen
Vogtherr (1544)
Vogtherr 1544: Queen
Valgrisi (1545)
Valgrisi 1545: Queen
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Queen
Juan de Icíar (1555)
Juan de Icíar 1555: Queen
Scharffenberg (1576)
Scharffenberg 1576: Queen
Straub (1581)
Straub 1581: Queen
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Queen
Glissenti (1596)
Glissenti 1596: Queen
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Queen
Hollar (1651)
Hollar 1651: Queen
Thomas Neale (1657)
Thomas Neale 1657: Queen
Manni (1675)
Manni 1675: Queen
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Queen
Mechel (1780)
Mechel 1780: Queen
Deuchar (1788)
Deuchar 1788: Queen
Bewick (1789)
Bewick 1789: Queen
Anderson (1810)
Anderson 1810: Queen
Hollar (colour) (1816)
Hollar (colour) 1816: Queen
Bechstein (1831)
Bechstein 1831: Queen
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Queen
Douce (1833)
Douce 1833: Queen
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Queen
Wildridge (1887)
Wildridge 1887: Queen