Robin Hood, who robbed the bad to help the poor, and his colleagues William Tell, Oleksa Dovbush and Holger Danske.
Ajax goes mad, then falls on his sword. The Greeks are told they need their master-archer and Achilles’ son, but still have to come up with a way of entering the city of Troy.
Using shadows to tell or add detail to a visual story. Examples by Robert Campin, Gérôme. William Holman Hunt, Lovis Corinth and others.
Paintings by William Blake, Elihu Vedder, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Léon Bonnat, James Tissot, Lovis Corinth and others.
Inscriptions in paintings that reveal the story, or quote from its literary source, from Rembrandt to the Pre-Raphaelites.
Series telling the whole Epic Cycle from Zeus’s decision to reduce the mortal population, to the death of Odysseus.
Motion can be implied against the rules we learn about how the world works. It can also be shown in billowing garments.
Paul Signac, Paul Nash, Pierre Bonnard, Lovis Corinth and others, even a painting by Paul Klee, for an eclectic collection.
Before we masked up for Covid, covering the face had connotations. Here they’re explored, from the niqāb and widow’s veil to the aversion that makes us voyeur.
A glimpse inside Botticelli’s studio, an artist who foresaw his own death, an unusual Birth of Venus, the Ship Fools, and more painted stories from 1922.