- The Dance of Death

The Fool

It Doesn't Matter Who You Are

Idiot Fool

Dance of Death: The Idiot Fool

A fool mocks death, who reacts in amusement even as he leads him away to the sound of his bagpipe. This woodcut from Holbein's dance of death has a multi layered meaning and is best understood in contrast with some of the other vignettes where the dying person tries to fight of death. Here, instead, the idiot is too foolish to be afraid, or is he in fact the wiser of th elot, not fearing death. But in the end the result is the same.

I had to censor a part of the illustration to keep Google happy. Suffice it to say that the man in the picture did not have any underpants.

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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