“The Muse” by Gabriel de Cool ; 1895
Woman with a dragon, France (16th - 17th century)
Displayed in the Saint-Étienne church in France is the figure of René de Chalon, Prince of Orange. The prince died at the young age of 25 during the siege of Saint-Dizier in 1544.
Rather then memorialize him in the standard hero form, his wife requested (or René himself requested, or possibly both) that he be shown as “not a standard figure but a life-size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Source)
This is beyond amazing!
“Model Making Mischief”, c.1885, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta.
Giovanni Canavesio, Judas’ Suicide, 15th century