The Conjurer by Bosch
I love the expression on the face of the fool who is being robbed while trying to figure out where the ball is. Also, there is something wrong with the horizon and/or perspective which works quite well for me.
Dr. Krackq, Dr. Puff and Dr. Hahblle are the three protagonists of Grandville’s Un autre monde, in which they explore a parallel world. They call themselves néo-dieux (Neo-Gods), a kind ofdemiurges, as one source describes them.
Above is their portrait, I’ve been unable to determine who is who. Presumably, the one in the middle is Puff, since the caption reads: “Le Dieu Puff fit les deux autres néo-dieux à son image.”
The subtitle reads
et autres choses.
See my two recent posts on this chef-d’œuvre: Grandville as the sorcerer-priest of commodity fetishism and There is another world, but it is in this one.
Detail from the Altarpiece, The Last Judgment. Vienna (central panel, bottom right of the page).
It depicts a tunnel of light and spiritual figures, often described in reports of near-death experiences.
Detail of La Tentation de St Antoine, ornée de figures et de musique, engraving by Antoine Borel after François-Rolland Elluin.
The Kreutzer Sonata (1901) is a painting by French painter René-Xavier Prinet based on The Kreutzer Sonata (1889). It shows a violinist, overcome with passion, breaking off his performance to embrace his female accompanist. The painting was used for years in the Tabu by Dana perfume ads.
See also The Awakening Conscience, another painting on the aphrodisiac powers of music, or so it would seem.