La Danse macabre (Dauðadansinn)

La Danse macabre (Dauðadansinn)


  • Year : 1955
  • Height : 108.5 cm
  • Width : 221.5 cm
  • Category : Málverk
  • Sub-category : Lakkmálverk

In 1955, Erró was registered at the Florence Academy of Art, but his real education took place outside the school, in palaces, churches, museums and books, as he sketched the works of the old masters. In the pages of art books he encountered Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, which inspired him in many pieces, among them the painting Dance Macabre. As he explained in a letter to a relative: “A month ago I started studying Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the human body. I made a lot of drawings of bones and muscles, which is very important and useful. That led me to paint a picture of skeletons dancing and singing. … I emphasised achieving as much movement as possible in the canvas, which is oblong, to bring out the dance as effectively as possible.”

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