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Dances of Death in the Museum


Pictorial representations of Dances of Death developed all over Europe following the 15th century, most likely in response to episodes of the plague. Particularly known in Basel is The Basel Dance of Death, painted on the inside wall of the cemetery of the Dominican convent. The original, created approximately between 1431 and 1439, dramatised 40 people from all walks of life entangled with the representation of death. In 1805, the wall was pulled down and only 19 fragments were saved. Those 19 pieces were restored several times and even changed. They are now on display in the Historische Museum Basel, where the fascinating history of this work is highlighted, and the magnitude of its original form is emphasised by forty-two sculpted reproductions of the pairs of figures as they were in the original 60-metre-long mural.

Museum entrance is 12 Swiss francs.
Participating in a tour is free.
Information and booking of private tours at the following: Tel. +41 (0)61 205 86 70

The HMB proposes the following guided tours in English with Johanna Stammler:
Sunday, September 15, 11.15 am
Wednesday, November 06, 12.15 pm
Sunday, November 10, 11.15 am

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