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Alastair Sooke visits Bethlem Royal Hospital to see two sculptures that once adorned the gates of the old hospital known as Bedlam. Made by 17th Century sculptor Caius Gabriel Cibber, the figures represent 'melancholy' and 'raving' madness. Both the sculptures portray the hospital’s inmates with shaven heads and shackled to a straw mattress.
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9 February 2011

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to start a class discussion about ways artists have represented human emotions and sanity.

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