Clusone is a town and comune
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in the province of Bergamo
Province of Bergamo
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, Lombardy
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, Italy
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. Located in the Val Seriana, it received the honorary title of city on 15 May 1957 with a presidential decree which ratified a Napoleon's promise of the year 1801.

Outside of the "Oratorio dei Disciplini" is a fresco of the The Triumph of Death painted by Giacomo Borlone de Buschis in 1485. It portrays a triumphant Death, personified as a living skeleton with a cloak and a crown. At her feet are the bodies of a pope and an emperor, surrounded by snakes, frogs and scorpions. She stands on a sepulchre around which figures of a cardinal, a bishop, a king and a philosopher are offering her gifts. She is flanked by two skeletons who fire against other characters at the side, one with a bow and another, on the right, with an early arquebus
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Three inscription and cartouches decorate the painting. On the left of the Queen Death they say:

Ognia omo more e questo mondo lassa - chi ofende a Dio amaramente passa (Everyone dies and this word lets - Who offend God bitterly goes)

On the right:

O ti serve a Dio del bon core non avire pagura a questo ballo venire. Ma alegremente vene e non temire (For the love of God don't have fear to come at this dance. But joyfully you come and be happy)

The lower inscription is in Latin:

... Amus crucem omnes diligamus Deo devote serviamus cum omne reverentia

Other sections of the cycle include the Meeting of the Three Alive and Three Dead Menand a Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
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. The latter marching skeletons with characters of lower rank than the ones in the Triumph.

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