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William Merritt Chase, (American, 1849–1916). Carmencita, 1890. Gift of Sir William Van Horne, 1906 (06.969) | Carmencita, the dancer known as "The Pearl of Seville," made her New York debut in 1889 and was besieged with requests for private performances. John Singer Sargent arranged for her to perform in Chase's Tenth Street studio on April 1, 1890. After this memorable recital, Chase painted this lively portrait of her, showing her in motion as she clicks her castanets in her hands. #dance

Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748–1825). Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836), 1788. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, in honor of Everett Fahy, 1977 (1977.10) #letters #Connections

Ambrosius Benson's "Death of Lucretia." Lucretia was raped by the Roman king's son. She "confessed" the rape the next day to her father, and then stabbed herself. Revenge for her rape and death is said to have been part of what triggered the revolution that lead to the Roman Republic. There are a LOT of disturbingly beautiful renditions of her death by various artists.