A few days ago Stewart and I visited Clusone, a small village north of Bergamo. It is known for the above outdoor mural of the Dance Macabre, completed in 1495. It apparently was a theme taken up by the Church, that regardless of your current station on Earth, we all wind up in the same place eventually. A small comfort to those whose station was near the bottom of the pecking order, I guess. A few interesting items: the actual dance is the lower part of the mural, with the rich and the poor dancing with the skeletons, on their way to their earthly demise; and in the top section Queen Death is flanked by two other skeletal figures, one with an arrow and the other with an early version of an arquebus, a muzzle-loaded firearm.