Monday, October 7, 2013

Cruel Games

At the Colosseum by the British painter Harold Hume Piffard (1895-1938). Piffard depicts here an elegant Roman noblewoman watching comfortly the bloody spectacle below. A well constucted contrast indeed.


  1. Thank you.

    Bizarre, isn't it? How a beautiful, apparently gentle woman can tolerate cruelty and bloodlust. Yet the painting shows no cruelty or blood at all. The viewer has to imagine the contrast.

  2. Absolutely. It's an intelligent painting, not as cheap as these blood and sand paintings normally were.