More popular today than in classical Greece, these warrior women could have been an opportunity to redress the balance between genders. Here they are at war.
A lighter and formerly very popular story brings to light some masterly paintings, including a superb work by Jan Brueghel the Elder.
How Colin Campbell Cooper and George Bellows used figures in their paintings of New York City in the early twentieth century.
She started with sculptured solids which then broke into swirling fluids. Then she patterned and structured using brushstrokes. More marvellous paintings.
Niobe had seven sons and seven daughters, which must have made her better than Latona, who only had 2 children. Snag was, there were Apollo and Diana.
His watercolours changed, losing their painterliness and defocus. They came to depict an idyllic, outdoor family life – an aspiration for so many in northern Europe.
Wherever you are on earth, you should be able to see the constellation of Orion, when clouds permit. What was his story? Only one painting helps.
When did spiders and their webs first start appearing as motifs in paintings and prints? Who was the inspiration for Spider-Man?
Rich in wordplay, this story is almost unique to Ovid. It was oddly prescient of his own later banishment too.
His sketches and studies are wonderfully painterly, but was he painting what he saw, or what he envisaged?