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Rapier Hilts

Photo #1

  • Dated: circa 1580
  • Culture: Italian
  • Maker: Francesco Duri
  • Measurements: overall length 121 cm; blade length: 105 cm; weight: 1700 g

Photo #2

  • Dated: 1610
  • Culture: German (Dresden; blade probably Solingen)
  • Measurements: overall length 119 cm; blade length: 101 cm; weight: 1430 g

Photo #3

  • Dated: 1575
  • Culture: Austrian
  • Maker Pery Juan Pockh (Goldsmith)
  • Measurements: overall length 120.6 cm; blade length: 104.3 cm; weight: 1280 g

Photo #4

  • Dated: early 17th century
  • Culture: probably German (Munich)
  • Maker(s): Daniel Sadeler (cutler), Egidius Sedeler; Etienne Delaune
  • Measurements: overall length 118 cm; blade length: 102 cm; weight 1200 g

Source: Copyright © 2014 Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

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Gerhard Richter, Skull with Candle, 1983, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, Neues Museum, Nuremberg. Source

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Gerhard Richter, Candle, 1982, oil on canvas, 90 x 95 cm, LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT. Source

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Gerhard Richter, Skull, 1983, oil on canvas, 55 x 50 cm, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Source

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Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982, oil on canvas, 124 x 99 cm, Private Collection. Source

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Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982, oil on canvas, 140 x 140 cm, Private Collection. Source

Richter’s Skulls and Candles were inspired by the Memento Mori traditions of still life paintings. The artist has used photographic compositions to update and simplify this particular kind of imagery.

Theseus, on his way from Troezen to Athens, battles the bandit Sinis.  Sinis was fond of killing travelers by forcing them to help him bend pine trees to the ground and then letting go, catapulting them through the air; hence his nickname Pityokamptes (“Pine-Bender”).  Tondo of an Attic red-figure kylix, attributed to the Elpinikos Painter; 490-480 BCE.  Now in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich.

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