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The Dance of Death (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – June 1, 1971


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  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486228045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486228044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French, Latin

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
The woodcuts are beautifully reproduced. Included are the verses that originally accompanied each woodcut. The text is provided both in the original Latin and in modern translation. The Danse Macabre was originally a visual artistic presentation, and this book is faithful to that performance. The explanatory text before the woodcuts begin is short and to the point. Dover allows the art to speak for itself, rather than 'interpreting' it for the viewer.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PARTHO ROY on October 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Again, the thrifty publisher Dover supplies us with an affordable classic, this time in the art of woodcuts. Hans Holbein's macabre and morbid series, "The Dance of Death," gives us a chilling view into Europe during the time when its denizens, well, weren't really expected to make it too far into life.
This Dover edition, though not as thorough as the complete 1538 French series (now out of print), provides a faithful reproduction of Holbein's masterpiece, with the original textual accompaniment in Latin (with English). In these marvelous woodcuts, the viewer can easily sense the feeling of dread within the European community during a time that death came all too easily.
Of course, death is a theme from which we can never truly escape, so I suppose Holbein's art speaks to all the ages. Until we ourselves come to meet the Eternal Footman, we have Holbein's "Dance of Death" to give us a glimpse into what we may expect.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Dalton on January 9, 2007
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Holbeins illustrations are brilliant and fascinating. This book is very inexpensive. These two factors should make it a great addition to any library. But the images are something like 2 inches square. You can't see any detail really. I was disappointed and I guess I'll have to find another book as I would like to enjoy this macabre and fascinating series.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JB on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
The woodcuts are very small, maybe 2 inches each side.

The details are hard to see this small. The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer is fabulous for observing large woodcuts.

With their side aside, the playfully dark figures are amusing for those who enjoy the morbid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tarehna Wicker on November 8, 2013
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I got the Kindle version for free. Awesome!!! No illustrations at all in the Kindle version I received. That seems utterly ridiculous. Is that why it's free? Because the only reason to get the book is for the illustrations.
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By MorganB on March 5, 2014
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I didn't buy this book for the poetry. I wanted the illustrations! The images are not much larger than 1/8th of the page, and they "bleed" so there is very little detail. Pick another version....
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