Katsukawa Shunshō [勝川 春章] (1726 – 1793); Portraits of the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō V., c. 1785-92.
[Painting of Death as a spectral nanny taking a child and infant away from their bereaved family. A detail shows the family’s house number is 1918.]
I never realized this until seeing the detail, but this painting is most likely about the flu pandemic.
it’s really interesting seeing death portrayed as a woman
Especially a a nurturer rather than a destroyer
Danse Macabre by Rob Harrison. Danse macabre scenes been featuring since the 15th century, and later included many characters at the mercy of death, including children.
Death Carrying Off An Infant,
Stefano della Bella, 1645-1651
As for death being a woman, it is a modern 19th century concept, one of them being death the mistress who seduces all. Also, there was a connotation with death being a woman as it refereed to prostitutes and the fatal STD they inflicted - thus representing death as a woman. Paul Gauguin, symbolists such as Rops, Klinger and Redon also depicted death as a woman.
Gauguin; Madame la Mort