Dance of Death, also variously called Danse Macabre is an artistic allegory upon the universality of death despite ones station in life. The figures of death having summoned representatives from all walks of life, dance along to the grave united. The walks of life typically are a pope, an emperor, a king, a child, and a laborer. The earliest visual reference is the Parisian mural from 1424-25 in Saints Innocents Cemetery, which is now lost. Produced to remind people of the fragility of life, despite its attraction for vain glories; the combination of the Great Famine in 1315, the hundred years war between England and France (1337 to 1453), and the Black Death (1346- 1353), combined to produce in the surviving European populations a constant visual presence of death. This resulted in the duality of increased religious penance, and the earliest expressions of what would later grow into humanism. The image has been hand colored from historical recreations of color pigments available at the time of the fifteenth century.
Dance of Death.
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.