The Grim Reaper, complete with scythe, first appeared in the Middle Ages and became popular in the 19th century. It’s one of the few phrases drawn from visual art.
Titania, Queen of the Fairies, falls in love with Bottom, whose head has been turned into that of an ass. All ends well, after a farcical play within a play/
Grisaille – grey underpainting used to set the tone for a finished work – is like underwear, waiting for richly coloured clothes to go on top. Not in these paintings, though.
From preparations for their third sally to the massacre of Don Pedro’s puppet theatre, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza have trouble keeping out of trouble.
They visit the Cave of Montesinos, where Don Quixote is lowered into the chasm and reports an extraordinary story about a castle of crystal.
To celebrate the life and work of Dante, a small selection of paintings inspired by the Divine Comedy, and his ‘Vita Nuova’.
A goatherd’s story leads to an almighty punch-up, which is interrupted by a procession praying for rain. Don Quixote disrupts that, and gets knocked down, apparently dead.
Seeing that Don Quixote might discover their deception, the priest and the barber hurry him away in a cage on the back of an ox cart. He still thinks he’s enchanted by a spell.
The man accompanying a Moorish woman tells his life story, how he became a slave to the King of Algiers, then came into contact with the mysterious woman.
The tragic events which drove the young nobleman Cardenio are seen in new light when they meet Dorotea, who becomes an exotic princess with a quest for Don Quixote.