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Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality. (The Power of Art, Simon Schama)
Hieronymus Bosch, detail from The Temptation of St. Anthony, oil on wood panels, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon,  Portugal

Hieronymus Bosch, detail from The Temptation of St. Anthony, oil on wood panels, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon,  Portugal

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