Death with Left Hand Raised

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Death with Left Hand Raised, 1600-1650
17th century
Creation Place: Upper Rhine, Germany
sight: 25 x 12.5 x 7.8 cm (9 13/16 x 4 15/16 x 3 1/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
, BR59.32
[Art dealer, Germany, sold]; [to M. Glueckselig & Son, New York, NY (?-1959), sold]; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1959.

According to a letter from Frederick Glueckselig of M. Glueckselig & Son to Charles L. Kuhn at the Busch-Reisinger Museum dated April 28, 1959, Mr. Glueckselig purchased both BR59.32 and BR59.33 from a well-known German art dealer without a detailed provenance history. Mr. Glueckselig did not disclose the name of the German art dealer and merely specified that the dealer had recently passed away.
Theodor Müller, "Frühe Beispiele der Retrospektive in der deutschen Plastik", Sitzungsberichte der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse (Munich, Germany, 1961), no. 1, pp. 20-22

Charles L. Kuhn, German and Netherlandish Sculpture, 1280-1800, the Harvard Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1965), p. 25-26, cat. no. 54 p. 100 [as Personification of Death], under cat. no. 55 pp. 101-103, repr. as pls. XLVIII and XLIX

Oliver Andrews, Living Materials: A Sculptor's Handbook, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA, 1983), p. 113, pl. 7.6

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 219

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 92, repr.

Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures, brochure, Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2010), p. 1, repr. as fig. 1

Exhibition History
Remember You Will Die, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 03/19/2010 - 08/09/2010
Objects for a Kunstkammer: Early European Collecting, 1550-1700, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 12/10/2005 - 11/19/2006
Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013