Allegory of Death

Andrea Andreani (Italian, 1558/59–1629), After Giovanni Fortuna (Italian, 1535–1611)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.135.13, i/ii; Meyer 27, i/ii (see Note)


Sheet: 51.2 x 34 cm (20 3/16 x 13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from four blocks, in four shades of brown

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Bartsch and Meyer describe two states of this print, the second containing a roundel in the upper right corner with the figure of death and the letters “Mus”, which can be cut out and put into the center of the wheel in the lower half of the print, where it can be rotated to complete several inscriptions in the wheel. Bartsch’s and Meyer’s first state is before this roundel. It appears from the impressions in the MFA, however (this one and 1986.111), that the roundel was included in the first state, and that it was removed, replaced with a plug, and printed on a separate sheet of paper in the second state. Evidence of the plug appears in both the MFA impressions.


Recto, bottom right, stamped in black ink, the mark of Friedrich August II, King of Saxony, Dresden (1797-1854)(Lugt 971); verso, lower right, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA W.G. Russell Allen Bequest (Lugt 3593)


Friedrich August II, King of Saxony, Dresden (1797-1854)(Lugt 971); W. G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955); his bequest to the MFA September 10, 1975

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen