Παρασκευή, 25 Μαρτίου 2011

Thomas Rowlandson's Danse macabre

Thomas Rowlandson (1756 – 1827) was an English artist and caricaturist. Dance of Death, issued in 1814–16, was one of the most admirable of Rowlandson’s series. They were inspired from Holbein's danse macabre motif with a poetic text under each image, in a cartunistic satirical sense, presenting Death's power over people in a cynic way with or without moral lesson or instructions.

He also produced a body of erotic prints and woodcuts, many of which would be considered pornographic today. He dealt less frequently with politics, but commonly touching, in a rather gentle spirit, the various aspects and incidents of social life. You can see all of his Danse Macabre series HERE and HERE













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