Friday, 24 October 2014

Death's day off

Willian Mortensen (1897-1965): The Death of Hypatia

It's Hallowe'en soon, and the nights are closing in. Thoughts turn - especially if you have been following K D Grace's blog this month - to bones and ghoulies and things that go hump bump in the night.

But it doesn't have to be grim! Even Death himself, when he's not on the job ... sorry, when he's not working, likes to indulge in lighthearted social intercourse. He's quite the party animal!

The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut
In fact he's famous for his love of dancing -

... both country-style:

... and the waltz:

In fact he is very fond of music of all kinds and is an accomplished violinist himself:

... but can be found playing a wide variety of instruments:

A visit to the theatre or opera is a favourite way of spending an evening:

But he's no snob and he enjoys a good drink and lively company:

He's fond of outdoor pursuits too, whether tree-climbing:

... wrestling wildlife:

Hundetroskab (1900) by Louis Moe

... or simply a long ramble in the countryside:

But above all he enjoys the company of under-dressed women:

In fact he's a bit of a player ...

... though he has been known to swing both ways quite happily and is always up for a threesome.

Hans Sebald Beham (1500–1550 ): Death and the Indecent Pair

So if you see him, say "Hi" from me!


Sallyanne Rogers said...

Hehe, some great pictures there. WHat's the lairy Victorian zombie one from?

Janine Ashbless said...

The one where they are drinking? I think it's from a piece of Temperance propaganda: "Take a glass of wine and you are on the road to ruin and Death" sort of thing.