'Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost', 19th century
'Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost', 19th century. Biblical scene, Acts 5: 10: 'Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.' Ananias and his wife Sapphira die suddenly after lying to the Holy Spirit about money. Sapphira is convicted by St Peter and falls dead at the feet of the apostles. Engraving after 'The Death of Sapphira', painting of c1652 by Nicolas Poussin in the Louvre Museum, Paris.
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Scene from Don Juan, ou le Festin de Pierre, 1665, (18th century). Artist: Laurent Cars
Scene from Don Juan, ou le Festin de Pierre, 1665, (18th century). Don Juan is speaking to the stone statue of the Commander whom he killed when the old man challenged the Don who had seduced his daughter. He is asking the statue to a banquet. His manservant cringes in terror. This play was given 15 performances in 1665 and was then proscribed. The libretto of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (1787) was based on Moliere's text. From Don Juan, ou le Festin de Pierre (Don Juan, or the Stone Banquet) by Moliere. (Paris, 1665).
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Scene from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843. Artist: John Leech
Scene from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843. The irascible, curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge, sitting alone on Christmas Eve, is visited by the ghost of Marley, his late business partner. The same night he is visited by three more apparitions, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, whose revelations cause him to wake on Christmas Day a changed man. He sends a turkey to Bob Cratchit his clerk, thoroughly enjoys the festivities and becomes a kindly, jolly old man. From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. (London, 1843). This was the first in the series of five Christmas books Dickens published.
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