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Dance of Death, Representations of the,
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a figurative genre that developed from first examples in early 15th century France (abbey church of La Chaise-Dieu, Auvergne; Franciscan monastery of Aux Saints Innocents, Paris) and gradually spread throughout Europe (Fr. Danse macabre, Ger. Totentanz). Its existential theme (deceased people inviting the living to a last dance) continues to arouse artistic and medial interest to this day (Stöckli). The tradition associated with the Dance of Death subsequently found its way into literature and music and became a f…

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Imorde, Joseph, “Dance of Death, Representations of the,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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