“Albertus Pictor… There’s a painting of his that depicts Death playing chess with a knight.”

Art of Quotation

“It was very natural of me to think of Albertus Pictor’s paintings. He was the famous medieval church painter. There’s a painting of his that depicts Death playing chess with a knight.”

— Ingmar Bergman, on his inspiration for the chess game between death and the knight in the film The Seventh Seal, 1957, Swedish, director, art quotes art


5633612147_a38a8d1eff_b.jpg Albertus Pictor, church of Täby in Sweden, death and a knight play chess


The impressive frescoes that cover the walls of the church of Täby in Sweden, are the work of the painter known by the name of Albertus Pictor (c. 1440-1509), meaning Albert the painter.

The construction of the church of Täby, now a suburb of Stockholm, commenced during the 13th century and was completed by the end of it. In the 15th century the wooden ceiling was replaced by vaults that were painted by Albertus Pictor. After the…

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