The Basel Dance of Death was painted during the Council of Basel (1431–1448), possibly under the influence of the plague epidemic of 1439. The 60-m-long mural painted onto the inside wall of the cemetery of the Dominican convent showed forty mortals locked in an encounter with Death. People of all ages, all occupations, and all estates – emperor, empress, bishop, abbess, lawyer, doctor, noblewoman, cook – all are whisked away by Death.
When the Dominican convent was torn down in 1805, only nineteen fragments of the famous mural were saved. These now form the centrepiece of the presentation. To give visitors an idea of just how monumental the original mural was, however, we have also included forty-two sculpted reproductions of the pairs of figures in the original procession.
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