15th century (first quarter?) France?  Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France: L´Epistre d’Othea by Christine de Pisan

15th century (first quarter?) France? Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France: L´Epistre d’Othea by Christine de Pisan

Pyramus and Thisbe from Metamorphoses, second anonymous French translation (Ovide moralisé). Made in Netherlands, last quarter of 15th Century.Royal 17 E IV f. 55 This painting represents the iconic scene from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, made iconic from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The love between them was so strong it drove them to commit suicide. Their lives could no longer go on without the other by their side.

Pyramus and Thisbe from Metamorphoses, second anonymous French translation (Ovide moralisé). Made in Netherlands, last quarter of 15th Century.Royal 17 E IV f. 55 This painting represents the iconic scene from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, made iconic from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The love between them was so strong it drove them to commit suicide. Their lives could no longer go on without the other by their side.

Pyramus and Thisbe; Thisbe at r discovering the body of Pyramus lying on the ground at l with a dagger in his side; landscape background with a large tree at centre and Cupid standing on a fountain at l. c.1510 Colour woodcut printed from two blocks, th Hans Wechtlin

Pyramus and Thisbe; Thisbe at r discovering the body of Pyramus lying on the ground at l with a dagger in his side; landscape background with a large tree at centre and Cupid standing on a fountain at l. c.1510 Colour woodcut printed from two blocks, th Hans Wechtlin

Arline Smith and Alan Sharpe with the Pyramus and Thisbe                     stage                    at the Chicago International Miniature Show in 2004.http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/video/m_v_pyramus.cfm

Arline Smith and Alan Sharpe with the Pyramus and Thisbe stage at the Chicago International Miniature Show in 2004.http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/video/m_v_pyramus.cfm

Pyramus & Thisbe in Art.  I found the Cupid in the background quite interesting.  It is Cupid, but can also be an angel foreshadowing Thisbe's death that comes in the next scene.

Andreas Nesselthaler - Pyramus and Thisbe (62,0 x 83,0 cm)

Pyramus & Thisbe in Art. I found the Cupid in the background quite interesting. It is Cupid, but can also be an angel foreshadowing Thisbe's death that comes in the next scene.

Pyramus and Thisbe by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). Original painting located at the Neue Residenz, Bamberg, Germany.

Pyramus and Thisbe by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). Original painting located at the Neue Residenz, Bamberg, Germany.

Pyramus and Thisbe C1745 Hard Paste Scene where Thisbe finds Pyramus' dead body, and then stabs herself.

Pyramus and Thisbe C1745 Hard Paste Scene where Thisbe finds Pyramus' dead body, and then stabs herself.

Pyramus and Thisbē are two characters of Roman mythology, whose love story of ill-fated lovers is also a sentimental romance. The tale is told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.

Pyramus and Thisbē are two characters of Roman mythology, whose love story of ill-fated lovers is also a sentimental romance. The tale is told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.

Tristan and Isolde, Marianne Stokes (British, 1855-1927). Tristan and Isolde is a medieval Celtic legend about an ill-fated romance. Like Pyramus and Thisbe, the story ends with the both lovers dead after trying to find a way to be together. Tristan dies of despair when he is told Isolde would not visit him, Isolde dies from grief over Tristan's death.

Tristan and Isolde, Marianne Stokes (British, 1855-1927). Tristan and Isolde is a medieval Celtic legend about an ill-fated romance. Like Pyramus and Thisbe, the story ends with the both lovers dead after trying to find a way to be together. Tristan dies of despair when he is told Isolde would not visit him, Isolde dies from grief over Tristan's death.

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