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Woodcut illustration from Guy Marchant's 1485 edition of the Danse Macabre. Dance of Death, also called Danse Macabre (French), Danza Macabra (Italian), Dansul Mortii (Romanian), Danza de la Muerte (Spanish), Dansa de la Mort (Catalan), Danca Macabra (Portuguese language), Totentanz (German), Dodendans (Dutch), Surmatants (Estonian), is an artistic genre of late medieval allegory on the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death unites all.
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