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The Plague
From Vom Tode II (Berlin, 1898-1910)

Max Klinger, German, 1857 - 1920

Made in Germany, Europe


Engraving and drypoint

Image: 14 3/16 × 12 3/8 inches (36 × 31.4 cm) Plate: 16 15/16 × 13 5/16 inches (43 × 33.8 cm) Sheet: 23 3/16 x 17 3/16 inches (58.9 x 43.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1980

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Klinger's print is one of twelve in the series On Death, Part II, which treats death symbolically. A gust of wind has forced open a window of the hospital ward, allowing Death to fly into the room in the guise of a flock of menacing black crows. In vain a nurse tries to fend them off with her rosary as patients gesture in despair and clasp their hands in prayer.