eath comes to the queen — disguised as a court jester — and drags her away. One of her men is trying to defend her by holding on to her arm and pushing Death away.
The image of Death as a jester was later used, when the dance of death in Basel was renovated - probably in 1568. The picture to the left shows how Death in Basel comes to fetch the jester. Death's attire and posture has been copied from Holbein.
The naked, withered branches that protrude from the tree indicate the queen's fate. Allaert Claesz (picture to the right) has replaced the tree with a broken, hollow stump.
Variations: Birckmann removes the tree with the withered branches; instead he draws a pointed mountain in the background. Hollar and Deuchar copy Birckmann.