Hans Baldung’s “The Ages of Man and Death” (1544) shows death, with his hourglass and broken spear, leading an old woman by the arm. She, in turn, seeks to drag along a young woman at the height of her beauty. A baby lies sleeping on the ground, alongside an owl. A desolate and eerie landscape serves as the sinister setting. Christ appears in the sky, and there is a cross in the sun. The clear moralizing allegory alludes to the fragility of human existence.
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