In my Design 14 class, we were required to draw one of Dutch anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus’ skeletons. While our class lecture about the Bubonic Plague was something in the distant past, it appeared on our recent midterm. The skeleton’s pose, with its leaning to its right side (our left) and welcoming arms reminded me of Hans Holbein’s Danse Macabre woodcut prints. Its left hand, in particular, with its pointing index finger, is what reminds me of Holbein’s prints.
To me, that gesture appears to make it look as if the skeleton is welcoming the viewer into the realm of death, as if it were a waiter at a restaurant would direct his customers to their table. It’s a very casual pose, and shows off the bones in the arms while adding some charm.
The drawing was done by me on 18 by 24 inch Bristol paper, with brush and ink pen.