Marginal thinking: 05. Guillaume Godard

The pope
Guillaume Godard, Pope
One of the original woodblocks (the pope)
Guillaume Godard, Block

Guillaume Godard has produced a dance of death that one could easily take for Simon Vostre's. They are slightly more clumsy and the scenes (except for the first three) are laterally inverted so Death stands to the right of the person.

There are only 16 different marginals (i.e. 48 figures), that are repeated four times.

There isn't much to say about them, except that this variant is very unusual. I have seen over 100 versions of Simon Vostre's dance of death while researching for these pages, but I have only met two complete copies of this variant.

The experts disagree about whether Simon Vostre's images were cut in wood or metal. But when it comes to Godard, there's no doubt because at least one of the original woodblocks still exists (picture to the right). The pope is cut on a separate block, whereas it's virtually certain that Vostre had cut 3 dancers per block — be it iron or wood.

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Guillaume Godard has also copied another dance of death, but we'll return to that later. First we'll look at a variant by Thielman Kerver.

Guillaume Godard's 48 dancers

Pope
Guillaume Godard 1514: Pope
Emperor
Guillaume Godard 1514: Emperor
Cardinal
Guillaume Godard 1514: Cardinal
King
Guillaume Godard 1514: King
Patriarch
Guillaume Godard 1514: Patriarch
Constable
Guillaume Godard 1514: Constable
The astrologer
Guillaume Godard 1514: The astrologer
The citizen
Guillaume Godard 1514: The citizen
Canon
Guillaume Godard 1514: Canon
Merchant
Guillaume Godard 1514: Merchant
Carthusian
Guillaume Godard 1514: Carthusian
Sergeant
Guillaume Godard 1514: Sergeant
Monk
Guillaume Godard 1514: Monk
Usurer
Guillaume Godard 1514: Usurer
Physician
Guillaume Godard 1514: Physician
Suitor
Guillaume Godard 1514: Suitor
Lawyer
Guillaume Godard 1514: Lawyer
Minstrel
Guillaume Godard 1514: Minstrel
Parish priest
Guillaume Godard 1514: Parish priest
Peasant
Guillaume Godard 1514: Peasant
Franciscan Monk
Guillaume Godard 1514: Franciscan Monk
Child
Guillaume Godard 1514: Child
Clerk
Guillaume Godard 1514: Clerk
Hermit
Guillaume Godard 1514: Hermit
Queen
Guillaume Godard 1514: Queen
Duchess
Guillaume Godard 1514: Duchess
Ruler
Guillaume Godard 1514: Ruler
Knight's wife
Guillaume Godard 1514: Knight's wife
Abbess
Guillaume Godard 1514: Abbess
Noblewoman
Guillaume Godard 1514: Noblewoman
Prioress
Guillaume Godard 1514: Prioress
Young woman
Guillaume Godard 1514: Young woman
Citizeness
Guillaume Godard 1514: Citizeness
Franciscan nun
Guillaume Godard 1514: Franciscan nun
Whore
Guillaume Godard 1514: Whore
Wetnurse
Guillaume Godard 1514: Wetnurse
Chambermaid
Guillaume Godard 1514: Chambermaid
Housekeeper
Guillaume Godard 1514: Housekeeper
Spinster
Guillaume Godard 1514: Spinster
Widow
Guillaume Godard 1514: Widow
Merchant's wife
Guillaume Godard 1514: Merchant's wife
Bailiff's wife
Guillaume Godard 1514: Bailiff's wife
Theologianess
Guillaume Godard 1514: Theologianess
Just married
Guillaume Godard 1514: Just married
Pregnant
Guillaume Godard 1514: Pregnant
Witch
Guillaume Godard 1514: Witch
Bigot
Guillaume Godard 1514: Bigot
Fool
Guillaume Godard 1514: Fool
Block
Guillaume Godard 1514: Block

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