The Narcissist / The Idiot Fool


Wood engraving and letterpress on archival cotton flurry paper, 2020
Paper size: h 8 1/2" x w 6"
Image size: h 3" x w 2 1/4"
Edition size: 82

This particular piece is a mashup of my own drawing combined with one of Holbein's. The title used for his image was simply, "The Idiot Fool".

This image is one in a series of 82 Dance of Death images that I'm engraving into endgrain wood and printing along with moveable type. Forty-one of the images are from Han Holbein the Younger's 1538 series that was originally carved by the formschneider Hans Lützelburger. The remaining forty-one prints in the series will all be made from my own original drawings. The combination of old and new prints in the series reflect how much changes through time with the exception of this one equalizing truth.

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