Vincent de Kastav, The Dance of Death
St. Mary's Church, Beram, Croatia
Many readers will be familiar with Dance of Death paintings from Bergman's The Seventh Seal, where the knight visits a painter who is preparing a church fresco much like the one in the pictures above. Others may have encountered the late medieval focus on the ubiquity of death in literary works such as German Totentanz poetry and the Chester Last Judgment (Deimling, II, 427-53), which emphasize how death comes to all regardless of profession or status.
The Dance of Death fresco at St. Mary's follows in this tradition. It occupies the upper section of one long wall, so we photographed it in five sections that you can examine by moving the horizontal slide bar below. As in many such images, skeletons conduct to their deaths representatives of various types of people.
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Photographed at the church by Claire Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.