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Stańczyk by Jan Matejko "He was a popular figure; besides his fame as a jester he has been described as an eloquent, witty, and intelligent man, using satire to comment on the nation's past, present, and future.[1][2] Unlike jesters of other European courts, Stańczyk has always been considered as much more than a mere entertainer."

The Oxford handbook of Tudor drama (Book, [University of South Dakota]

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by Ilya Repin "..Mehmed demanded that the Cossacks submit to Turkish rule. The Cossacks, led by Ivan Sirko, replied in an uncharacteristic manner: they wrote a letter, replete with insults and profanities. The painting exhibits the Cossacks' pleasure at striving to come up with ever more base vulgarities."

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Turkish Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire "fool of all the world and underworld, a fool before our God, a grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick.

The Burghers of Calais  Rodin closely followed the account of the French chronicler Jean Froissart (1333 or 1337–after 1400) stating that six of the principal citizens of Calais were ordered to come out of the besieged city with heads and feet bare, ropes around their necks, and the keys of the town and the castle in their hands. They were brought before the English king Edward III (1312–1377), who ordered their beheading.

The Burghers of Calais, modeled this bronze cast 1985 Auguste Rodin (French, Bronze; cm) at the Met

One of the oldest “Beware of the Dog” signs in the world. Domus del Poeta Tragico, PompeiiThe House of the Tragic Poet  is a typical 2nd century BC Roman house in Pompeii, Italy. The vestibule floor was decorated with a mosaic picture of a domesticated dog leashed and chained to an arbitrary point. Below the figure were the words “CAVE CANEM”, an ancient warning equivalent to the modern “Beware of the Dog”.

One of the oldest “Beware of the Dog” signs in the world. Domus del Poeta Tragico, PompeiiThe House of the Tragic Poet is a typical century BC Roman house in Pompeii, Italy. The vestibule floor.

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