Art Spotlight: The Three Ages of Man and Death

Art Spotlight: The Three Ages of Man and Death
Age and Death © Alfredo Dagli Orti/The Art Archive/Corbis

Here we see "The Three Ages of Man and Death" by Hans Baldung (1484 - 1545), which I featured in "40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery." Unfortunately, image size restrictions prevented me from sharing the full image, so I present it here.

Finally, you can actually see the sleeping (or dead?) infant in the lower portion of the painting, thus providing the first of the three ages in the life of man -- as well as the Heavenly crucifix in the sky and the Christ that rescues humanity from the darkness of impermanence in Christian traditions.

And then there's the owl, often employed as a symbol of night and death, but also of wisdom.