Definition of danse macabre in English:
Another term for dance of death.
- Europe had suffered through a century of the Black Death, and woodcuts depict images of the danse macabre, in which the skeleton is seen cavorting indiscriminately with paupers, kings, and clergy.
- The danse macabre, an artistic form portraying a personified Death, is commonly portrayed as a skeleton entering an everyday situation ‘in the midst of life’.
- The Danse Macabre made its first appearance during the plague (Black Death) years of the fourteenth century. In Germany it was the Todtentanz; in Italy, danza della morte; and in England, the Dance of Death.
Definition of danse macabre in:
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