- The Dance of Death

Dance of Death: The Duke

Death Comes for the Duke

The Duke

As with many of the scenes depicted in the Dance of Death, this one has a moralistic component, in addition to being a reminder of how fleeting life is.

Here we see a rich and powerful duke, surrounded by his courtiers. He is approached by a beggar woman with a small child who begs him for some charity, but the duke turns away from her in disgust. Meanwhile, Death who is crowned with leaves - perhaps an allusion to the wilting and passing nature of worldly power - suddenly seizes the Duke.

Next: The Bishop

Next: The Abbott

Holbein - the Dance of Death.

Hans Holbein

Hans Holbein

The Dance of Death

Meaning of the Dance of Death

The Dancing Mania

The Dancing Mania

Scene from the Dance of Death

Scene from the Danc of Death