Bruegel the Elders’ Triumph of Death (1562) depicts the victory of death over life, as death riding a red horse and wielding his scythe leads a skeleton hoard against what remains of the living. In the painting the dead rise again to help further death in his inevitable triumph. On a hillside to the top right a skeleton prepares to behead a man, while in the foreground one slits the throat of another victim as a dog feasts on a dead or dying woman nearby. All of the social institutions of the day are featured in the painting, none are immune, “neither power nor devotion can save them.” It is as if the living are slowly being transformed into the dead; a plague cart is driven by skeletons, what appears to be the church and the army are now populated by the living dead. There is a crushing sense of inevitability to the scene; despite piety, political power, wealth, or otherwise, all will eventually succumb.