The Queen

Dance of Death: The Queen

The Queen, surrounded by her attendants, is seized by Death who is ludicrously wearing the costume of a court jester. Despite the screams and protestations of her ladies in waiting, Death holds up an hour glass to indicate that her time on earth is up.

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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.