Barefoot and sometimes surprising, as Christ washes the disciples’ feet, and other feet are missing altogether. Barefoot means poverty too.
Paintings of open fires and stoves from 1565 to 1884 show how we lived through the winter before central heating.
Spinning natural fibres like wool into yarn was “women’s work” and had several connotations, here explored in paintings, and the origin of the word ‘spinster’.
Not just the cereal harvest, but here paintings of the fruit harvest, from Bassano and Poussin, with grapes, figs, apples, blackberries, to Berthe Morisot.
Paintings showing the ragged tatters work by peasants and labourers, from social realism and Naturalism between 1850-90.
An offshoot of still life paintings of food, it was never very popular, and most of these are decidedly odd. From Jan Brueghel the elder to
Bishop’s crosier, monarch’s sceptre, field-marshal’s baton, or just another fashion accessory?
From the Adoration of the Shepherds to the Corydon Shepherd of Virgil’s Eclogues, they all had their crooks.
Bare feet as a sign of rural poverty, among irregular peasant volunteer soldiers, and striking miners. But what about the kissing of feet?
Trained with Gérôme in Paris, he painted fine rural landscapes of Alpine meadows, religious works, and used advanced optical effects.