In this stunning engraving, Dürer recast the theme of memento mori in a brilliantly unusual form. The woman in patrician dress is identified by her crown as a bride, but the person who embraces her from behind is a wild man

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Pitcher, candle & book. Detail from the Mérode Altarpiece, c. 1427-32, by Robert Campin. Cloisters, New York

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9 (Marshal) of France, from The Courtly Household Cards, ca. 1450. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer (KK 5115) | This work is featured in the “The World in Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540” exhibition, on view at The Met Cloisters through April 17, 2016. #MetLuxuryCards

Albrecht Dürer ‘Troiana Iris' (Detail) ---- Albrecht Dürer [German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist, 1471 – 1528]

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