Plate 7: Death and the Bishop; Death holding an hourglass leading a bishop to right; a shepherd in left background, a sheep next to the bishop at left; landscape background; from a series of eight engravings after Hans Holbein the Younger. 1541
“The Old Woman” from Hans Holbein the Younger’s Danse Macabre (1523-26). The Dance of Death (1523–26) refashions the late-medieval allegory of the danse macabre as a reformist satire. Holbein’s series of woodcuts shows the figure of “Death” in many disguises, confronting individuals from all walks of life. None escape Death’s skeleton clutches, even the pious. MORE.