Tristan and Isolde
– In addition to Tristan and Isolde, Merle also painted Benedick and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. His interpretation of literary romantic figures set him apart from the other artists.
– Tristan and Isolde are influential literary figures. Some scholars have traced the origins of the legend back to 11th century Persia. The story was retold many times in literature, music and films.