A group of male prisoners (or inmates), walk around and around in a circle, in an indoor prison (or hospital) yard. The high walls and the floor are made of stone. In the right foreground the men are being watched by a small group of three, two men in civilian clothes with top hats and a policeman in uniform. One of the prisoners in the circle looks out towards the viewer, and he has the face of a beardless Vincent van Gogh.
Beheading of St. John the Baptist, tempera on wood by Sano di Pietro, 1406-1481, Pietro, an Italian painter and illuminator, also was known for frescos. The above panel is thought to be part of a predella, which is the base of an altarpiece decorated with small paintings and reliefs. This work is in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia
The Ball at the Court (1604). Marten Pepijn (Flemish, 1575-c.1643). Oil on wood. Pushkin Museum, Moscow. This small-scale composition contain little figures with stereotyped faces and soft contours. It depicts an elegant dance party. The influence of early works by Hieronymus Francken the Elder and Frans Francken the Younger, who were both known for their depictions of similar scenes, is apparent.
A member of an Orthodox nationalist group tears in half a poster of U.S. pop singer Madonna, in protest of her upcoming concert in Moscow in Pushkin Square September 4, 2006 in Moscow, Russia. The Luzhniki Stadium's concert has drawn considerable uproar, several small protests against the concert have taken place in the past few weeks, mostly by devout Russian Orthodox believers.