In the painting “Three ages of man” four figures represent an allegory of three age cycles, three stages of human life. Death is depicted as a skeleton with an hourglass in his hand. In the picture are a sleeping baby, a young girl and an exhausted old woman.
Baldung, nicknamed Green, was a prolific artist, and the realistic depiction of female bodies in this picture shows that he carefully studied the naked nature. Like his teacher Albrecht Durer, Hans Baldung was both a painter and master of fine engraving. He created a lot of fanciful prints, including a particularly light erotic theme, and also performed colored glass products and book illustrations. One of the most important works of Baldung was the creation of the altar of the cathedral in Freiburg in 1516. He died in Strasbourg as a rich and influential member of society.