A pair of stained-glass trefoils dating from 1502 presents an iconography unique within the vast field of late medieval art and literature focusing on death. Recent discoveries confirm the provenance of the glass as the Tucher House in the Gras-sersgasse in Nuremberg and the identity of the patron as Canon Sixtus Tucher. The roots of this commission can be traced through several channels: Sixtus Tucher's reaction against the very popular theme of the Dance of Death, his immersion in certain late medieval mystical texts, and — perhaps most important — his opposition to the new humanist tenets dismissing death as a motivating force for life.
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- Visual Arts and Performing Arts