Pierrot and Harlequin went on to be clowns in the circus, and Pulcinella became Mr Punch in popular Punch and Judy shows. And they live on still.
A king and a bishop dance arm in arm with skeletons, in the Dance of Death. How did that come about, and why did it reappear in the 19th century?
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A staple product of many pro painters in western Europe for over half a millennium, and required by every church and chapel.
In many paintings, depiction of fabrics, textiles and other clothing materials is more challenging and important than that of flesh.
When the Salons were flooding with fleshly dreams of harems, landscape artists were depicting the desert with its camels and caravans.
Gloves have long been objects of fashion: paintings from Fantin-Latour’s portrait of Manet to Khnopff’s mysterious symbolism.
Paintings from the late 19th century, including the best of John Collier’s ‘problem pictures’, and whole series from James Tissot. Was he seeking his own redemption?
In which Michael tells Adam of the prophets to come, and the life of Jesus Christ, before leading Adam and Eve out of Paradise.
Paintings of people watching plays, by Daumier, Degas, Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and others.