Until 1867, Cornwall was days away from London, but its coast was painted by De Wint, JMW Turner, and Samuel Palmer.
Friend and colleague of Raphael, he was on a par with him, and Leonardo da Vinci. First part of a series marking the 500th anniversary of his death.
How a maidservant brings a protracted labour to a successful conclusion, the origin of the Milky Way, and an infant who strangles serpents for fun.
He started sailing to Labrador and Greenland, and became a passionate painter of the Arctic coast and seas. One work was commissioned by Queen Victoria.
Like no other place on earth, it has volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and steppe. Here are some of the earliest and best paintings of this remarkable land.
How a centaur tried to abduct Hercules’ new bride, and the delayed revenge which led to the death of Hercules.
He finally achieved success with a one-man show in Munich, and for 20 years was rated one of the top German artists.
A prolific and individualistic German painter of landscapes, mythology, and genre scenes, now little-known outside Germany. Part 1 of 2.
A sailor for over 7 years, he knew the sea. He then became a highly successful painter of scenery and panoramas. See his superb painting of St Michael’s Mount.
Ovid, through Achelous the river god, explains how the Horn of Plenty was wrenched from Achelous’ head in a fight with Hercules. With a gem of modern narrative painting too.