- The Dance of Death

The Robber

He Couldn't Steal Another Second of Life

Robber, illustration from the Dance of Death

Dance of Death: The Robber

A robber attempts to rob a poor woman going to market of her possessions, when death seizes him violently and unexpectedly from behind. As Holbein's series of illustrations progresses, they go from depicting powerful rulers of the church and government to the lower rungs of society. The robber in this vignette is a counterpart to the rapacious noblemen depicted in the first part of the dance of death, but despite the difference in their stations in life they are all subject to the same law and the same mortality.

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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