The Judge
Holbein Proofs, Judge

The Judge

Dance of death in Chur
The dance of death in Chur

Death with iron collar and chain T he judge turns his attention away from the poor man and towards the rich man, who's about to produce money from his purse. Death appears from behind and grabs the judge's staff to break the symbol of his power.

Death has an iron collar, and a bit of a heavy chain hangs down his back (picture to the left). It's an obvious conclusion that Death comes in the shape of one of the Judge's previous victims.

Holbein's dance of death has also inspired the dance of death in Chur in Switzerland - see picture to the right.

Variations: Birckmann equips the judge with a hat with build-in earmuffs and makes a shell-motif on the wall; the hourglass is set up. The same does Valvasor and Deuchar, except that Deuchar misses the chain on Death's back.

Various Artists

Holbein Proofs (1526)
Holbein Proofs 1526: Judge
Holbein (1538)
Holbein 1538: Judge
Vogtherr (1544)
Vogtherr 1544: Judge
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Judge
Juan de Icíar (1555)
Juan de Icíar 1555: Judge
Scharffenberg (1576)
Scharffenberg 1576: Judge
Straub (1581)
Straub 1581: Judge
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Judge
Glissenti (1596)
Glissenti 1596: Judge
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Judge
Doodt Vermaskert (1654)
Doodt Vermaskert 1654: Judge
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Judge
Mechel (1780)
Mechel 1780: Judge
Deuchar (1788)
Deuchar 1788: Judge
Bewick (1789)
Bewick 1789: Judge
Anderson (1810)
Anderson 1810: Judge
Bechstein (1831)
Bechstein 1831: Judge
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Judge
Douce (1833)
Douce 1833: Judge
Helmuth (1836)
Helmuth 1836: Judge
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Judge

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