The Old Woman

Dance of Death: The Old Woman

The old woman is accompanied by two Deaths: one leads the way and beats on a musical instrument, while the other urges her on to her death by striking her back, but the old woman barely pays any attention as she focuses on her rosary beads.

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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.