Death and The Maiden - Richard Harris Art Collection. "The genre “Dance and the Maiden” has origins in Dance of the Death. In many Dance of the Death representation, a skeleton personifying Death is shown with a beautiful lady. However, most cases, these are not shown as erotic. But as time passed by, the images became more sensual. Now, dance was not essential, but instead there was intense, intimate and sometimes erotic relationship between the skeletal death and the maiden."