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
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.