The Dance of Death, allegorical artwork

The Dance of Death, allegorical artwork

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Caption: The Dance of Death. 15th-century German woodcut print depicting skeletons dancing on a grave. The concept is that of the Danse Macabre, a medieval allegory reminding people that death comes to everyone, no matter what status they attain in life. This artwork, by the German painter Michael Wolgemut (1434-1519), was published in the 'Liber chronicarum' (Book of Chronicles, Nuremburg, 1493) by the German physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514). The Latin at top refers to the 'Seventh age of the world' in a chapter on the Coming of the Antichrist, the end of the world and the Last Judgement.

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