Three Ages of the Woman and the Death  

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Three Ages of the Woman and the Death[1] (1509-10) (German: Die drei Lebensalter und der Tod) is Hans Baldung Grien exploration of the death and the maiden.


Oil on limewood, 48.2 x 32.5 cm; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

"Above the head of the young woman lost in the contemplation of her image in the mirror, Death holds the threat of an hourglass that has run out. The elderly woman on the left can barely keep Death at bay. The latter is also reaching for the veil of Youth, behind which a boy is hiding on the other side. He sees the course of life and its inevitable end only vaguely for now." --Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna




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