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Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani (1749) by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus an Wandelaar, artist. Copperplate engraving with etching. Albinus intended his figures to exemplify ideal humanity and an ideal of anatomical illustration. The cadaver, carefully chosen for its close approximation to classical ideals of proportion, stands with guardian angel hovering behind against a painterly backdrop. 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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