A woman sits on the edge of a bed in which a figure lays. A child stands next to the woman. A chair with a bag on it sits in the right bottom corner.
Kollwitz's work tended to focus on death, the intimate drama of personal relationships, and suffering caused by the social problems that stemmed from city life during her time.This print portrays her most common themes, as a mother and child look over the sick man as he lies in his bed.
A nude man seen from behind raises a staff to ward off the blow of a standing female figure, also with a staff. The woman's swing is directed to two seated figures at the lower left: a nude woman and a satyr. In the distance is an elaborate gated city and landscape.
Dürer combines myth, in the figures of Hercules and the satyr, with allegory, the seated woman possibly a figure of Vice and the standing woman representing Virtue. The interpretation of the scene remains enigmatic.