‘Crazy Jane’ was ubiquitous in the late 18th century, the archetypal figure of those driven mad by disappointed love.
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.
The dissection theatres of 17th-century Europe were tourist hot spots, spectacles that mixed medicine with art.
Paris’ golden age of advertising bred a bold, exciting new art form and changed the face of the city.