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.
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.
Pyramus and Thisbe are in love from childhood.They plan to elope.Thisbe arrives first at the Mulberry bush outside of the city, a lioness walked by with her jaws covered in blood from a previous kill . Thisbe, frightened at her sight, ran to a nearby cave. Pyramus walked by and saw a cloak, his gift to her, covered in blood and torn to pieces with the footprints of the lioness left behind. He thought that his only love had been killed by a hungry lion,and took his own life with a sword.