he duke turns his face away from the poor beggars in disgust, but there's one beggar that he can't ignore: He is grabbed by Death, who wears a crown of oak leaves. The hourglass stands in the tower window.
Holbein's dance of death has also inspired the dance of death in Chur in Switzerland - see picture to the right.
Variations: Birckmann leaves out the round tower; instead he places the hourglass on a cornice. Valvasor copies ham.