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Danse Macabre Stained Glass

The windows in the Danse Macabre chapel at St. Mary’s Church in Lübeck are rich with colorful, though somewhat morbid, figures. Depicting those both alive and dead, the images represent scenes from an extraordinary medieval Danse Macabre style painting that was destroyed during World War II.

Danse Macabre arose in the late Middle Ages as a poetic allegory about how death will ultimately unite us all. The artwork typically shows some sort of decaying, corpse-like skeletal being beckoning those from all walks of life—rich and poor, noble and common, young and old—to come together and join the universal dance toward death.


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