he nun kneels in front of the altar, but turns her head (and attention) towards the young musician, who's sitting in her bed. Death, dressed as an old hag with sagging breasts, steps in and extinguishes her candle.
The hourglass is overturned and cracked, so the sand runs out.
The image of the minstrel is much reminiscent of one from a book of hours from 1523. See picture to right.
Variations: Birckmann turns the top of the altar into a semicircle;
The nun's humble bed is decorated with a fabulous monster with bare breasts.
Valvasor, Hollar and Deuchar imitates Birckmann.
Scharffenberg places the musician outdoor.
Valvasor removes the musician!