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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)
Vasily Polenov, Le droit du Seigneur, 1874, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Vasily Polenov, Le droit du Seigneur, 1874, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


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    Droit du seigneur (/ˈdrɑː də seɪˈnjɜr/; French pronunciation: ​[dʁwa dy sɛɲœʁ]) was a putative legal right allowing the...
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