The Nun
Holbein Proofs, Nun

The Nun

Jean de Mauleon
Jean de Mauleon

T he nun kneels in front of the altar, but turns her head (and attention) towards the young musician, who's sitting in her bed. Death, dressed as an old hag with sagging breasts, steps in and extinguishes her candle.

The hourglass is overturned and cracked, so the sand runs out.

The image of the minstrel is much reminiscent of one from a book of hours from 1523. See picture to right.

Variations: Birckmann turns the top of the altar into a semicircle; The nun's humble bed is decorated with a fabulous monster with bare breasts. Valvasor, Hollar and Deuchar imitates Birckmann.
Scharffenberg places the musician outdoor.
Valvasor removes the musician!

Various Artists

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

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