Dancing with Death

The image of a beautiful woman dancing suggestively with a skeleton or ‘death’ (like the above of me by Lozzy Bones!) is as familiar a picture as the slightly more erotic ‘Death and the Maiden’. Both are extensions of the Medieval ‘Danse Macabre’ or ‘Dance of Death’: the tableau of skeletons frolicking with paupers, princes and popes which was painted to remind us that we all must die and are all equal in death.

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