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Danse Macabre, 17th Century

Danse Macabre, 17th Century

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Bernardino Genga (1620-1690) was a scholar of Classical medical texts, editing several works of Hippocrates. Anatomia per Uso et Intelligenza del Disegno (published posthumously in 1691) consists of 59 copperplate engravings of text and illustrations printed on one side only. After the engraved title is a plate with allegorical emblems of death. Renderings of his anatomical preparations were done by the artist Charles Errard, director of the Accademia, and most likely engraved by FranCois Andriot. Dance of Death, also called Danse Macabre (French), Danza Macabra (Italian), Dansul Mortii (Romanian), Danza de la Muerte (Spanish), Dansa de la Mort (Catalan), Danca Macabra (Portuguese language), Totentanz (German), Dodendans (Dutch), Surmatants (Estonian), is an artistic genre of late medieval allegory on the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death unites all.

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