The Empress

Dance of Death: The Empress

The empress is richly dressed in the finest clothes and attended by maids of honor. But her power and wealth cannot protect her from death, who intercepts the empress and points to the open grave that is waiting for her.

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Dance of Death

Dance of Death

The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.