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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, the medieval allegory was still in the public gaze in the early 18th century.’ La Grande Danse Macabre des Hommes et des Femmes’ was first published in 1486, with copies produced by Jehan Lecocq Troyes in 1539, and  Jean-Antoine Garnier, in 1641. The image of the skeletons is from Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie , ‘A New Collection of Bones and Muscles, Drawn from Life’ by the French artist Jacques Gamelin (October 3, 1738 – October 12, 1803).


La Grande Danse Macabre.

  • Recreation of titlepages with added historical elements. Printed on watercolour paper with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet. 5"x7"

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