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Painting by Johannes Vermeer, 1665

The girl with the pearl earring.

The painting is a tronie, the Dutch 17th-century description of a ‘head’ that was not meant to be a portrait. It depicts a European girl wearing an exotic dress, an oriental turban, and an improbably large pearl earring.

From BBC:

Swivelling to her left, she glances suddenly in our direction, her soft face as luminous as the moon in the night sky. She wears a voluptuous blue and yellow turban on her head, while an improbably plump pearl hangs from her earlobe. A speck of bright moisture adorns the corner of her mouth, which is open as though she is about to speak. Her words, though, remain a mystery.

Painting by Jacques-Louis David, 1793

Death of Marat.

The Death of Marat is a painting by Jacques-Louis David of the murdered French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat. It is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution.

From Independent:

The dying man – can there be anything more helpless than a man naked in his bath? – lolls theatrically, blood streaming from his gaping chest wound. That wound sets our mind thinking about Marlowe’s great line: See how Christ’s blood streams from the Firmament… He is a veritable martyr to the cause. This could be a scene staged in a theatre against an austere, monochromatic backdrop.