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Anna Jamieson

William Hogarth's A Rake’s Progress (Plate VIII), 1734-5

Bedlam was a constant in art and literature throughout the 18th century. In it, madness was otherworldly, bestial, pitiable and female – a mirror for concerns about society. 

Theatre of death: the anatomical theatre in the Archiginnasio, Bologna

The dissection theatres of 17th-century Europe were tourist hot spots, spectacles that mixed medicine with art.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891)

Paris’ golden age of advertising bred a bold, exciting new art form and changed the face of the city.