Fresco depicting a Danse Macabre

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A detail from a fresco (wall painting) depicting a Danse Macabre, found inside a church in France (Kernascleden, Brittany). The Danse Macabre [Dance of Death] is a late medieval allegorical genre that emphasises the equalising power of death. It could be manifested through visual art, drama, literature or music, and typically represented a procession or dance of both living and dead figures from all stations in life.

Full title:
Brittany, France - Fresco depicting a Danse Macabre
Created:
15th century, L'église Notre-Dame de Kernascléden, Kernascléden
Format:
Fresco
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