The Emperor

Dance of Death: The Emperor

The Emperor is seated on his throne surrounded by courtiers and the pomp and circumstance of his high office. He is adjudicating a case involving a poor man and his rich oppressor. Meanwhile Death hovers behind him and invisibly turns the Emperor's head towards the rich man, perhaps an indication that the Emperor will not hand out justice.

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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.