The Tree of Good and Madness, oil painting on canvas, c. 1560, by an unknown artist from Picardie, in the Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Blois, housed since 1869 on the first floor of the Louis XII wing of the Chateau Royal de Blois, built 13th - 17th century in Blois in the Loire Valley, Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France. This is a moralising painting like the danses macabres, with a young man in the tree playing the lute, with religion followed by an angel, and flesh followed by the devil. At the foot of the tree Christ rings the hours surrounded by a kneeling St Catherine and by death. The inscriptions on the banners exhort the young man to prefer good over evil. The chateau has 564 rooms and 75 staircases and is listed as a historic monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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The Tree of Good and Madness, oil painting on canvas, c. 1560, by an unknown artist from Picardie, in the Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Blois, housed since 1869 on the first floor of the Louis XII wing of the Chateau Royal de Blois, built 13th - 17th century in Blois in the Loire Valley, Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France. This is a moralising painting like the danses macabres, with a young man in the tree playing the lute, with religion followed by an angel, and flesh followed by the devil....
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