How to Read Paintings: The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey (1833) by Paul Delaroche. Oil on canvas. 246 x 297 cm. National Gallery, London. Image source Wikimedia Commons

The woman is blindfolded and lowered to her knees. Her executioner stands patiently nearby, his fingers quietly reaching for a great metal axe.

But with the blindfold, she is unable to find the block. She stretches out her hands. She becomes unsteady on her…

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