The Mother and child

Mother and child
Mother and child
Placement in the painting
Holbein, child
Holbein Proofs, Child

Death goes away with the swaddled child and is even trying to take the older sister as well. Death has the same headdress as the mother.

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Dances of death often end with the child who has the lowest position in society. You can see a parallel to the painting in Holbein's child (pictured right), where Death strolls away with the youngest son, while mother and elder brother watch in horror.