In honor of New Orleans’ tricentennial, M.S. Rau Antiques is pleased to present Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. The exhibition explores the universal struggle between virtue and vice, with a nod to New Orleans’ Catholic heritage and its infamous culture of celebration, indulgence and excess. Featuring fine art and rare objects from across history, the exhibit includes depictions of the pious and pure, alongside voyeurs, seductresses, and misbehaving cardinals. From torture masks to Brueghel masterpieces, Vice & Virtue is certain to delight, shock, and tempt the visitor.
Objects of Vice and Virtue
The remarkable range of works slated for display have been chosen to reveal the dichotomous relationship between vice and virtue.
An important work by Jean-Léon Gérôme depicting the highly charged mythological tale of Leda and the Swan.
A fascinating and macabre wolf head iron shame mask used in the Middle Ages to punish offenders.
A superb painting entitled Praying Madonna by Sassoferrato.
A collection of walking sticks including a prostitute's whip cane, a gambler's tap dice cane and a prohibition flask cane.