Children

Theatrum mortis (1682)
Valvasor, Theatrum Mortis HumanŠ

I n the editions from 1547 and 1562, the dance was extended with 10 new "dancers". Along with these, were added 7 pictures of little chubby boys. The woodcutter is assumed to be Veit Specklin.

The handcraft is impeccable, but the boys don't really have anything to do with the dance of death. Maybe the corn-fed children are meant to stand out in contrast to Death? Or maybe the publisher had simply obtained 7 pictures with which he could pad the volume?

In Theatrum Mortis HumanŠ (to the right) the artist has combined the children with the dance of death motif.

For sake of completeness, all 7 boys are shown here:

Various Artists

Holbein (1547)
Holbein 1547: Children
Holbein (1547)
Holbein 1547: Children
Holbein (1547)
Holbein 1547: Children
Holbein (1547)
Holbein 1547: Child
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Child
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Children
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Children
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Children
Holbein (1562)
Holbein 1562: Children
Holbein (1562)
Holbein 1562: Children
Holbein (1562)
Holbein 1562: Children
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Child
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Children
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Children
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Children
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Child
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Children
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Children
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Children
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Children
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Children
Doodt Vermaskert (1654)
Doodt Vermaskert 1654: Children
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Child
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Children
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Children
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Children
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Child
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Children
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Children
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Children
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Children
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Children
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Children
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Child

Up to Holbein's great dance of death