Gebhard Boos (German, 1730/31–1814). Pyramus and Thisbe, ca. 1775-80. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, H. Rodes and Patricia Hart Gift, and Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, by exchange, 2001 (2001.639).
Pyramus and Thisbe are in love from childhood.They plan to elope.Thisbe arrives first at the Mulberry bush outside of the city, a lioness walked by with her jaws covered in blood from a previous kill . Thisbe, frightened at her sight, ran to a nearby cave. Pyramus walked by and saw a cloak, his gift to her, covered in blood and torn to pieces with the footprints of the lioness left behind. He thought that his only love had been killed by a hungry lion,and took his own life with a sword.