The Dance of Death
Photos taken at the Monasterio de San Francisco in Morella, Spain
The Dance of Death is an allegory well known in late medieval times. In French is known as Danse Macabre, in Spanish as Danza Macabra, Totentanz in German and Dodedans in Dutch. Death is represented as a universal uniting Popes, Emperors, Kings, Children and Labourers.
It consists of a personified Death summoning g representatives from all the social classes to dance along to the grave. The intention of this allegory is to remind people of the fragility of their live and how vain is the glory of earthly life. In the Library of the Escorial you can see a manuscript from that era written in 600 verses where the Death is calling the Pope, the Emperor, the Bishop and the gens to be summon to the grave. The most famous artistic expressions are those of Hans Holbein the Old, 1538 and Heinrich Aldegrever, 1541.
The photos shown here belong to the Monasterio of San Francisco in Morella, Spain and are dated in the XIV Century. The photographs are of the originals wall paintings.