Drurer’s copper engraving depicts death as hairy man, whispering into the ear of a maiden who is surprised
that he has come for her. Also present is a winged Helm, with distinctive ‘frog-mouthed’ shape for jousting.
This is another symbol of death. A human skull upon a shield is also seen in the image, propped up by
a thumb-stick which was used for walking. This is perhaps symbolic of the journey one must take
when life is at an end. Acanthus flowers also sprawl across the image, which were
a popular motif throughout the Renaissance period.