From fresco to varnish: a succinct summary of all the different media which have been used in painting, with links to more detailed articles.
One of the precursors to Impressionism and Naturalism, this is the first of a series looking at his career and paintings prior to his bicentenary in June. Covers the 1840s.
With a binder of gum arabic, watercolours came into use in the Renaissance, and have steadily increased in popularity.
Views of one glacier over 250 years show how it has changed. Others in Greenland and Iceland are rapidly vanishing too.
He became the most influential critic of painting in Britain, providing the Pre-Raphaelites with strong support. But that proved capricious, and eventually destructive to landscape painting.
The first of two looking at the telling of English legends in paintings: Robin Hood and his ‘Merry Men’, popular for the last 500 years.
Some of the finest travel paintings of the century, covering areas which were still seldom visited, and ending with a spectacular view of the world’s 3rd highest mountain, Kangchenjunga.
From Richard Parkes Bonington, through AW Hunt, John Brett, Edward Poynter, Delacroix, Rosa Bonheur, Daumier, Gustave Moreau, and Winslow Homer.
There’s two ways to paint a coastal cliff: from the beach, or on the top. Surprisingly few landscape painters have opted for the latter. Here are some examples.
What are accessories or ‘staffage’, what narrative, and what intrinsic to the reading and style of a landscape?