The King

Dance of Death: The King

The King is enjoying a rich table fit for a king. Even while he revels in his luxury, death intrudes himself into this scene as a bony cupbearer and hands the king what will probably be his last drink. The king is probably modeled after Francis I of France.

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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.