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Young Man with a Skull

Lucas van Leyden

Young Man with a Skull

Lucas van Leyden
  • Original Title: Memento Mori
  • Date: 1519
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Genre: vanitas, allegorical painting
  • Media: engraving
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Once interpreted as Lucas van Leyden’s self-portrait, this print is sometimes entitled Memento Mori (Remember you must die). The well-dressed, anonymous figure considers his mortality while pointing at the human skull (which may or may not be real) tucked under his cloak. This image predates by eighty years Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with his famous speech on poor Yorick’s fate, traditionally delivered with the jester’s actual skull in hand. If the round Dürer Crucifixion (displayed in Met nearby) was printed from Emperor Maximilian’s hatpin, which was also made in 1519, it would have resembled the tiny face stylishly worn on the cap of this unidentified man.

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  • Directed by: Catalin Mitulescu
  • Written by: Catalin Mitulescu, Andreea Valean
  • Produced by: Cãtãlin Mitulescu
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