He drew up the tables of law for Athens, met and argued with Croesus, a fabulously rich king of Lydia, and did away with draconian punishments.
Indian Yellow was thought to have been extracted from cow urine, but has been found in few paintings. Chrome Yellow was the mainstay of the Impressionists and the nineteenth century.
Telling stories visually is necessarily explicit. How then do you tell the story of a serial murderer who hangs the bodies of his victims in a cupboard, to young children?
Two delightful and gently humorous stories, with superb paintings by Domenichino, Poussin, de Clerck (a real jewel), and Émile Lévy.
Wood nymphs, Dryads, and Hamadryads, painted by Evelyn De Morgan, Félicien Rops, Walter Crane, JW Waterhouse, and others. And who dresses up as wood nymphs today?
Two different legends about Sir Lancelot and a woman falling in love with him. Both are told here with a selection of fine paintings.
When did spiders and their webs first start appearing as motifs in paintings and prints? Who was the inspiration for Spider-Man?
Rich in wordplay, this story is almost unique to Ovid. It was oddly prescient of his own later banishment too.
Dragged to a dungeon by her hair, she had committed no crime – indeed, she had only been faithful to her husband.
There have been four different readings of this well-known painting. Does any of them work, or should we look to a different account?