Belgium was heavily industrialised: he shows its coal miners, including women, their villages, steel foundries, and more.
Illustrated summary of the 8 articles in this series, links to articles on specific themes, alphabetical list and links for artists, and recommended books.
Faust lusts after the young Gretchen. Mephistopheles sets up a meeting, and the girl is soon in love with Faust, ready to do anything for him. And so she does.
Two of Velázquez’ teachers, Herrera and Pacheco, his rival at court, the Italian Vicente Carducho, and his successor, Murillo. Paintings of a Golden Age.
Some works by artists of the Spanish Golden Age, including El Greco, Jusepe de Ribera, Zurbarán, and a guest appearance from Rubens and polychrome wood carving.
First in a new series concentrating on his non-portrait works, starting with these lightly humorous genre scenes with which he launched his career.
Better known for his sculpture, his visit to Seville let him paint women working in the huge tobacco factory there. He also depicted those working in coastal industries.
The influence and inheritance of Naturalism is hard to judge even now. Given the dramatic change in painting in the 20th century, its greatest inheritance may be in photography.
A succession of highly successful books, but around 1914 what he intended to be his masterpiece went terribly wrong.
Contains meticulous detail on all his oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks, and is free for non-commercial use.