Examples from William Blake, Caspar David Friedrich, Delacroix, and an enigmatic painting of Wales.
The use of symbols in paintings from the Renaissance to the start of the nineteenth century, with van Eyck, Rubens, Girodet, and others.
Pissarro started a realist, became Impressionist, then Neo-Impressionist, before returning to human landscapes. Sisley ploughed the Impressionist furrow all the way.
Continuing to paint series of human landscapes, in his final years Pissarro was highly productive. Here are views of Dieppe and Paris.
Rinaldo is chasing Angelica, whom he is helplessly in love with, but she hates him, and wants to escape from France, as Charlemagne is preparing for the siege of Paris.
Under the patronage of the d’Estes, Ariosto drew on Carolingian and Arthurian legend, and classical myths, to create his epic. With superb paintings to accompany.
New genres in literature gave the public a taste for different forms of narrative. Here’s a short account of the response in ‘problem pictures’ from Hunt to Collier.
Charles knelt at the altar in front of the Pope on Christmas Day 800. When he rose, he was wearing the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor. A surprise perhaps?
The Father of Europe, responsible for a renaissance during the Middle Ages, and Holy Roman Emperor – seen in paintings.
Communication by telegraph and telephone leave no time for reflection or consultation and demand an immediate and often hasty decision (1917).