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31 Days of Halloween: Day 6 - The Dance of Death

Woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger from the Dance of Death, 1526

"The Astrologer" from The Dance of Death by Hans Holbein. "He contemplates a pendent sphere. But Death thrusts a skull before his eyes."

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.

The Abbot, woodcut from the Dance of Death series, 1523–26, 6.5 x 4.8 cm by Hans Holbein the Younger.