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The Cardinal

   
 
 


Design by Hans Holbein
Engraving by David Deuchar
From Le Triomphe de la Mort
Gravé l'apres les Dessins originaux de Jean Holbein

1786
2 1/4"w x 3"h

               
               
 

PLATE VI. — THE CARDINAL.

   
 

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MESSENGER has just presented to him, on his knees, the bull that constitutes him a cardinal. Death seizes this moment to make his appearance, and seems to want to turn

his hat upon his head. The messenger is holding in his right hand a tin box, hung by a strap, in which he had, no doubt, carried the bull, which the new made cardinal holds in his right hand with the seals appended to it.

 

Væ qui justificatis impium pro muneribus, et justitiam justi aufertis ab eo. Isa. v. 23

 

From EXPLANATION of the Subjects of THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH Published in "The DANCES OF DEATH through The Various Stages of Human Life Wherein the Capriciousness of That Tyrant is Exhibited in Forty-Six Copper Plates done from the Original Designs which were Cut in Wood and Afterwards Painted by John Holbein in the Town of Basil." Published in London, 1803.

               
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