Mercy. St Bartholomew’s Day 1572 — 1886 John Everett Millais
In the foreground, passion flowers and roses appear to be damaged and discarded, hinting at the ignorance and crushing of religion and love due to murder and self-interest. Whatever the motives for the gentleman to kill the Huguenots, you can bet they aren’t entirely honest. He looks like he’s expecting a marvellous time, unlike the couple in Millais’ other work on the subject.