Two major figurative works, The Woodcutter and The Reaper, and a succession of landscapes with increasing rhythm and symmetry, and reduction to basic elements of form, colour, light.
Another six of the best, from the battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs to the assassination of Julius Caesar, from Rubens to Turner.
Six of the best, from Nessus, Deianira and Hercules to the sacrifice of Iphigeia, painted by Tiepolo, Rubens, and others.
From Constable and Turner’s views of London’s parliament ablaze, to Edvard Munch’s painting of a local manor house in flames.
From being a sub-genre of landscape painting in the Dutch Golden Age, to recording the catastrophic fire which destroyed most of Moscow when Napoleon occupied the city.
It’s not Chinese, and for centuries was ignored, as lead white was preferred. It came into use during the 19th century, and is seen in paintings by Friedrich, Cézanne, van Gogh, Klimt, and Hodler.
A long-time friend of Ferdinand Hodler, he was a fine maker of portrait prints, and documented Hodler at work in sketches.
His love of rhythm and symmetry became clear in his figurative and landscape paintings, and attained international success at last.
The final article in this series looks at Augustus and Cleopatra, the emperor’s patronage of Virgil, and how Ovid’s own legacy has been transformed in paintings.
Bridgeman Images has acquired rights to images for all the 439 state-owned museums and galleries in Italy. Why this is bad are art historians, art, and culture.