He took a break from ‘modern history’ painting in the 1780s, making religious works and even some landscapes, including some unknown gems.
Loyal to their master or mistress, often to the point of self-sacrifice. Paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez, Courbet and Bonnard.
Independent and aloof, cats train their humans and think that they’re still large and ferocious. Paintings from Carpaccio to Bonnard.
Telling a more complex story such as the Passion is more demanding. This traces how it broke out of frames, ultimately into Tintoretto’s masterpiece.
Four masterly paintings telling stories. Painted by 3 different hands, each works in 4 dimensions thanks to narrative devices, as explained here.
During this period spent mainly in Florence, he learned from the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci, who was there at the same time. Raphael’s own style emerges.
Bradamante is told that her lover is to marry another, and sets off to find him, staying at a strange castle. Astolfo flies the hippogriff to Ethiopia.
Includes his record of William Penn making his treaty with the Lenape, a strange family portrait, and an obscure naval battle.
Examples of a ‘dead’ narrative technique used by JMW Turner, Corot, Ford Madox Brown, Edvard Munch, Lovis Corinth and others.
Easily told in words, stories are harder to paint. Here are five main methods used, explained and shown in examples from the masters.