The Canon

Dance of Death: The Canon

A Canon, a type of clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, is seized by Death as he enters a cathedral. Death holds up an hourglass as a reminder that his allotted hours are up. The doomed canon is followed by a nobleman, a jester and a little boy. The significance of these figures is not clear.

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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.